Bloomberg endorses Obama
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday endorsed President Barack Obama, citing the need for “determined” leadership to address climate change after ‘super storm’ Hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction up and down the eastern seaboard.
In a post published on Bloomberg View, the mayor pointed out that New York City already had to evacuate neighborhoods twice (which was unprecedented) due to severe storm events within the past 14 months. The city also suffered extensive damages as result of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy that will require “years of recovery and rebuilding work.”
“If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable,” wrote Bloomberg, an Independent who is serving his third term as mayor. “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.”
Although acknowledging that the past 4 years have been “disappointing”, Bloomberg commended Obama for his work on climate change and reducing American’s carbon consumption. He applauded the President for imposing higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and stricter controls over mercury emissions at coal power plants, which produce pollutants that kill about 13,000 Americans a year.
While praising Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a “good and decent man”, Bloomberg expressed disappointment in Romney’s reversal of his earlier position on climate change – along with his prior “sensible” stances on health care reform, immigration, gun control, and reproductive rights – during the presidential campaign.
“This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward [on climate change],” he wrote.
In his endorsement, Bloomberg urged Obama to build a coalition of centrists instead of focusing his energies on “divisive partisan” attacks should he win a second term.
“If [Obama] listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours. And that’s why I will be voting for him,” Bloomberg concluded.
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