NYC Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama on climate grounds
By Susie Cagle
Reuters / Eduardo Munoz
Oh dang. Many d(r)owntown New Yorkers may still not have the power to vote Tuesday, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is flexing his own powers today in a new endorsement of Barack Obama (made, like a boss, via op/ed for his own news organization).
The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief …
Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
Bloomberg didn’t endorse anyone in 2008. This time around, both Romney and Obama have been courting the mayor hard, but neither won him over with their “gibberish” answers on gun control at the debates. From The New York Times:
In announcing his endorsement, Mr. Bloomberg listed the various steps Mr. Obama had taken over the last four years to confront the issue of climate change, including pushing regulations that seek to curtail emissions from cars and power plants.
Is the awful power of climate change bringing the right and left together?