Haley exit crushes moderate GOP climate hopes

By Timothy Cama | 03/06/2024 01:34 PM EST

Many activists in the “eco-right” were hoping for an alternative to former President Donald Trump.

Nikki Haley.

Nikki Haley during a press conference Wednesday announcing she was suspending her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Chris Carlson/AP

Nikki Haley’s departure from the Republican presidential race removes the last possibility of moderation on environmental and climate change policy in top GOP leadership.

Haley’s concession Wednesday, after only getting a handful of delegates in the primary contests, cements former President Donald Trump’s place as the party’s undisputed leader and presumptive presidential nominee against President Joe Biden.

While Haley made energy and climate promises that were not very different from Trump, she earned accolades from conservative environmental organizations that wanted to back a Republican candidate who took the issues more seriously than Trump.


In contrast to Haley, Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” mocked concerns about climate impacts like higher temperatures and denounced renewable energy.