Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama, Citing Climate Change As Main Reason

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that climate change is his top consideration this election season. In a piece headlined, “A Vote for a President Who Will Lead on Climate Change,” the Mayor explains:

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.

But we can’t do it alone. We need leadership from the White House – and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.

As Bloomberg helps his city recover from Superstorm Sandy — one of nearly two dozen extreme weather events costing more than $1 billion since last year — he says that such extreme events should concern us all:

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.

The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods – something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.

Our climate is changing….

It is a trend, a dangerous one.

Bloomberg says climate change has influenced his decision to vote for Barack Obama:

When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America….

One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.

After a period of silence among political leaders and journalists this campaign season on climate change, the issue has dominated headlines in the days after Hurricane Sandy.

18 Responses to Michael Bloomberg Endorses Obama, Citing Climate Change As Main Reason

  1. Great news. When even Republican governors like Christie and mayors like Bllomberg finally have the courage to say I don’t give a damn about the Norquist lies any more, we will finally start to act sensibly for our future.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Actually, the issue of climate change has not dominated headlines. Bloomberg Business News and Bloomberg himself are outliers. Even in New York, far more people read WSJ and the New York Post, both Murchoch rags.

    I applaud Bloomberg’s vision and independence, but we need to realize that most Americans have little idea about the connection between global warming and giant storms. If Fox isn’t lying to them, their local papers and TV stations are bringing it up casually if at all.

    This is not acceptable in a democracy, whose citizens must be informed if they are to make quality decisions. That can’t happen if fossil fuel advertisers work behind the scenes to hide the truth.

  3. Nancy Cadet says:

    bloomberg also included a slap at Romney and his “Mulitple Mitt” positions on social issues that the mayor cares about. I hope his endorsement sways some voters who are mesmerized by the uber-wealthy , believing they have a secret formula for success. A New York neighbor told me that was his motivation in electing Bloomberg in the first place!

  4. prokaryotes says:

    This is real leadership, to acknowledge and act.

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    ” In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods – something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.”

    Unfortunately it is a trend, and I think he knows it and so do many others now.

  6. Bill Hewitt says:

    Good for Mike! He’s got a tremendous amount of credibility on climate change, chairing the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), making a major contribution to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, and as the progenitor of PlaNYC 2030. One more important voice for the clear choice: Barack Obama. (see also

  7. Benthicooze says:

    While I am disappointed that Obama chose not to challenge Romney and Republican views on climate change, the Republican repudiation of the even the possibility that human activities are accelerating global warming is both grossly irresponsible and morally reprehensible. They care about serving far fewer than Romney’s 47%. We should follow the lead of Bolivia to include the rights of the biosphere in our constitution. There must be severe consequences for those who continue to exploit our planets resources at the expense and peril of all.

  8. BillD says:

    Of all the poltical statements I’ve read, Bloomberg’s is by far the closest to my own view. Climate change is my number one concern, although, as a scientist, I am also upset by the right wing’s more general anti-science position. Finally, I come from Indiana, a state with one of worst records in dealing with air and water pollution, but where politician insist that our environmental laws are too strict. So, yes, reducing Hg emissions is a big priority for me as well.

    I have also been disappointed by DNC (Democratic) solicitations that asked me to select from a group of about 10 political concerns. The list included ‘North Korea and “energy independence” but climate change was no where to be seen.

  9. Jelly Jam says:

    Things like this make me believe in God more and more…ijs.

  10. Lore says:

    Between the pronouncements of Governor Cuomo and Bloomberg the denial blogosphere is tied up in knots. Maybe some more of these guys can finally come out of the closet complements of Sandy.

  11. Steve in Miami says:

    Well for what it’s worth, I was watching Rachel Maddow last night and she had the longest discussion of climate change that she has ever had as long as I have been watching the show. She was interviewing Governer Cuomo and he was saying (paraphrased) “this is a scary and controversial topic that no one has wanted to talk about, but now it’s here and we have to confront reality”….or something to that effect. He did not mince words, and neither did Maddow. So yes it does appear that the issue is finally being discussed in the mainstream.

  12. Mike Roddy says:

    That’s good news, Steve, but Rachel has a small audience. Few watch her in Oklahoma or Idaho, whose Congressmen will continue to block action. We will know that there is progress when the three network shows treat the issue with the attention it deserves. If this doesn’t happen, maybe legitimate reporters like Maddow will swallow a lot of market share- but that may be a dream.

  13. Mike Roddy says:

    I’m not optimistic about that, Lore. Study the history of Paraguay sometime- Gomez, their leader, fought a losing war against Argentina and Brazil almost to the last man. That is the kind of stubbornness and stupidity that we see every day from the denier side.

  14. Steve in Miami says:

    Fair enough, but you must admit at least it’s a start. Probably too late to do anything about it, but in the slim chance that there IS anything that can be done, the only way we are going to find out is to start talking about the damn problem!

  15. Bernard J. says:

    As an Australian I know next to nothing about Bloomberg. However, from what I’ve seen reported here and elswhere on his response to Sandy, it seems to me that he demonstrates the most truly presidential understanding of any politician of note in the USA.

    The federal donkeys and elephants could learn from Bloomberg a great deal about real leadership, rather than mawkishly puppet-dancing St Vitus-style for their behind-the-scenes string-pullers.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Two words sum up the formula for success of the wealthy. One is unscrupulousness, and the other heredity, or, as they say, ‘Winning the sperm lottery’.

  17. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Who’s the happy camper behind Bloomberg’s left shoulder? In Australia politicians rarely appear in public with a loyal ‘nodder’ close at hand, who stands near and behind the Dear Leader, nodding away at the breathless brilliance of the ‘guv’nor’s’ every cliche, like some demented puppet with a few wonky strings. A recent, heart-rending development, has been the ‘loyal wife’ accompanist who stands, silent, unmoving, gazing in rapt attention at her beloved’s brilliance. Preferably the spouse must be slightly smaller, so that her gaze is appropriately upwards, as if receiving Divine Benison. Where the spouse is too tall, the leader may require a discretely disguised plinth.