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It's not every day you get to meet the person who's in the single most important job for tackling global climate change. Last week, environment journalist Paul Quinn was attending the Nobel Laureate Summit on climate change's gala dinner on behalf of the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre. Walking up to him he pulled out his digital recorder and asked the man Obama has picked to lead on implementing US climate change policy if he'd mind a quick interview.

It's not every day you get to meet the person who's in the single most important job for tackling global climate change. Last week, environment journalist Paul Quinn was attending the Nobel Laureate Summit on climate change's gala dinner on behalf of the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre. Walking up to him he pulled out his digital recorder and asked the man Obama has picked to lead on implementing US climate change policy if he'd mind a quick interview.

Despite the ominous-looking men in dark suits standing behind him, Chu was relaxed and happy to chat — albeit very briefly — before he was whisked away. He was also remarkably upbeat about his task. "In the end," he told Quinn, "when I leave this job, I have to leave with my integrity — and the good news is, I will be able to do that."

He also talked a little about the challenge of being on message now he's on the White House staff  - particularly with regard to the Titanic - the sequel video he made shortly before taking the post, which doesn't quite fit the picture. Paul Quinn remarked afterwards: "I did get the impression where he said 'The good news is I'll keep my integrity', sounded like something he's probably rehearsed — on one hand it sounds very positive, like he'll achieve things his way, without compromise, but it could also be a good get-out clause if he realises he's not going to get his way and he wants out... Let's hope it's the former!"

Read more about this encounter on the RSA Arts & Ecology Centre's site.

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