In Sandy’s Wake, Bill Clinton Calls Out Mitt’s Mockery Of Climate Action

After his adoptive hometown of New York City was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, former president Bill Clinton railed against Mitt Romney for having mocked the idea of climate action. In a campaign stop in Minneapolis, MN, Clinton criticized Romney for having “ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways.” “In the real world,” Clinton concluded, “Barack Obama’s policies work better.”


I was actually listening closely to what the candidates said in these debates. In the first debate, the triumph of the moderate Mitt Romney. You remember what he did? He ridiculed the president. Ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to turn back the seas.’ In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday. All up and down the East Coast, there are mayors, many of them Republicans, who are being told, ‘You’ve got to move these houses back away from the ocean. You’ve got to lift them up. Climate change is going to raise the water levels on a permanent basis. If you want your town insured, you have to do this.’ In the real world, Barack Obama’s policies work better.

JR: Romney’s mockery of Obama was in his Republican National Convention speech, not the first debate. Sadly, climate never came up in any of the debates.

20 Responses to In Sandy’s Wake, Bill Clinton Calls Out Mitt’s Mockery Of Climate Action

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Watching Dramatic Aerial Video: Atlantic City Under Water After Sandy

  2. Benthicooze says:

    Thank you Bill Clinton for acknowledging the fact that there is a cause and effect relationship between recent extreme weather events and climate change. Both presidential candidates and media news providers have avoided any mention of that fact. Our media and leaders are in denial. We can’t begin to roll back global warming until it becomes part of the national dialogue.

  3. Jeff Poole says:

    so will Obama actaully do anything if he gets re-elected?

    Other than blocking UN climate processes as he’s done so successfully for the last 4 years?

    Maybe the reason he ain’t mentioning Climate Change is because he’s got blood on his hands too…

  4. Byram says:

    Environmental groups all support Obama 100% and for good reason. He has been investing in Green energy and making smart decisions about our energy future. It always gets me how extreme left- or the “purity party” I call them, are as out there as the right. Usually blame him for the same thing from a different perspective. He gets it both sides- no wonder he stays in the middle. It is not going to be over night progress to get rid of fossil fuels- but we can kiss all progress aside if the Koch Brothers get their way next week.

  5. Hazel says:

    Agree with Byram; in addition, although it didn’t come up in debates, Obama and Romney both brought up climate change in their convention nomination acceptance speeches. Romney mocked it, Obama said:

    And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. (Cheers, applause.) They are a threat to our children’s future.

  6. Ken Barrows says:

    It doesn’t matter what Obama says; it matter what he does. He may have a heart of pure gold, but he isn’t going to effect enough change to address the problem (at least if you think the problem is as serious as most here profess).

  7. catman306 says:

    Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy George Lakoff

    “A systemic cause may be one of a number of multiple causes. It may require some special conditions. It may be indirect, working through a network of more direct causes. It may be probabilistic, occurring with a significantly high probability. It may require a feedback mechanism. In general, causation in ecosystems, biological systems, economic systems, and social systems tends not to be direct, but is no less causal. And because it is not direct causation, it requires all the greater attention if it is to be understood and its negative effects controlled.”

  8. Leif says:

    More energy added to the atmosphere and oceans will manifest itself somehow. It is a give. One million+ “Hiros” a day will not be denied.

  9. Greatgrandma Kat says:

    How much Carbon will we burn to repair all the damage from SANDY, To put all the water,sewer,roads and houses right back in harms way? How much more carbon will we burn to build sea defences for area’s that should no longer be considered safe as sea levels rise and the storms start happening every year, Irene now Sandy within two years. The future consequences of Climate Change coming to a city near you NOW. Times up!

  10. Paul Magnus says:

    properties up and down pretty much the whole US coasts now nearly unsellable…. one more event which may come as soon as next year or even this year and for sure.

    Christie: New Jersey destruction ‘unthinkable’
    Video on NBC’s Brian Williams speaks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who describes the iconic places on the Jersey Shore that were wiped out by Sandy, such the boardwalk in Belmar. All that remains is water, sand and debris. Christie said he’s committed to rebuilding with the help of…

  11. Paul Magnus says:

    sandy shutting down half of america… the land of the global warming silence…

    Sandy Sparks Massive Inland Snowstorm
    ELKINS, W.Va. — Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states Tuesday, shutting one interstate as trucks and cars bogged down and knocking out power to many. The National Weather Service sa…

  12. Paul Magnus says:

    Something to cheer you up… and spread around…

    Mitt the lair…. they said it not me…

  13. Ozonator says:

    Just as the trees and fish get big enough to steal after 8 years of President Obama, extremist Republicans and Christians will be able to unload all that cheap flood-zone property to a public that forgets what a bubble is and what a Jindal can do to a soggy citizenry. The public will be led to believe in getting free 10 cents as Americans (for every dollar given to the EssoKochs).

  14. catman306 says:

    Climate change you can believe in.

    Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm
    By Seth Borenstein Associated Press
    “For more than a dozen years, Oppenheimer and other climate scientists have been warning about the risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York. A 2000 federal report about global warming’s effect on the United States warned specifically of that possibility.

    Still, they say it’s unfair to blame climate change for Sandy and the destruction it left behind. They cautioned that they cannot yet conclusively link a single storm to global warming, and any connection is not as clear and simple as environmental activists might contend.”

  15. Carol says:

    I wish he–and others– would now call out CNN for their internet headline article on climate change today: “A Taste of Things to Come”.
    It is appalling . . . shameful.
    Unless I missed it, not one mention of what is causing climate change.
    Then again most of their current commercials are those from

  16. Lionel A says:

    Never Seen a guy change his position on so many things, so fast… (Giuliani), Your only allowed a certain number of flips before people begin to doubt your character… (FOX anchor), I just think he ought to be honest with the … people and try to win as the real … not try to invent a poll driven, consultant guided version… (Gingrich)’.

    They could easily have been talking about our David Cameron. This as signs are that renewable energy targets are being undermined by regressive policies.

  17. perceptiventity says:

    It all vividly reminds me of a nice movie by ABC Special called ‘Earth 2100 the Final Century of Civilization’. In it energetic environmentalists with huge government investment had tried to build a sea wall around New York circa 2020 only to abandon the city some years later.
    In Venice the project is already underway. I wonder were will they eventually relocate wall street unless you throw them bankers all out of their skyscraper windows earlier.

  18. Will says:

    “In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday.”

    Me too. If only there had been someone in the past, say in the 1990’s, who could have done something about climate change. Who would that have been? hmm…

  19. bluestatedad says:

    Obama hasn’t done everything you want on climate because of the stubborn resistance of Republicans in Congress. But how on earth can you think that Obama won’t be head and shoulders better than Romney on environmental issues. People who criticize Obama on the environment are simply tools of Big Oil and Romney/Ryan. Everyone who cares about the environment should be supporting Obama 100%.