Capital Beat extra: All about energy
After speaking at a conference on climate change in Concord today, former New York governor George Pataki demurred when asked whether he would run for president.
"Oh, that," he said. "I'm going to focus on policy, let the politics take care of itself and then make a decision farther down the road."
During the conference, Pataki's speech focused largely on the environmental benefits of controlling carbon emissions. Speaking afterward, he tied in national defense. By creating new alternative energy sources and becoming less dependent on foreign oil, "we're defunding very unfriendly regimes like Hugo Chavez," he said.
Pataki is credited with leading efforts to create the nation's first cap-and-trade system, designed to cut carbon emissions from power plants in the Northeast. Whether he is in the presidential race or not, Pataki said, the country's energy future should be a major focus because it is the only issue that ties in security, the environment and economics.
- Chelsea Conaboy