Priceless Elevator Conversation

The Washington Post reported last December that “enviros, clean-coal advocates make strange bedfellows.”  It seems that my organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a coal and utility lobby group called the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity inhabit the third and fourth floors, respectively, of a shiny office building in downtown Washington.  Awkward.

So today, on another extraordinarily warm day in this winterless winter, I shared an elevator ride for the first time with someone actually going to the 4th floor.  Here is the complete transcript, too good not to share:

“How are you,” he says, “Nice balmy April day out there.”

“I’m fine,” I say, and after a short pause, “Could be global warming?”

Longer pause.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” says he, with a twinkle in his eye.

“I figured you might say that,” I say with a smile, exiting the elevator.

Only in Washington.

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David Doniger

Director, Climate & Clean Air program

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