Taking a moment away from helping his city recover from the affects of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that he was endorsing President Obama. And he cited the President’s speedy response to the disaster as a key factor.
“The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work,” Bloomberg wrote in an editorial in Bloomberg News. “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.”
The mayor said that even if Sandy couldn’t be directly linked to climate change, the risk that it could be “should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”
He praised the Obama Administration for making environmental issues a high priority in the President’s first term, especially in regards to reducing carbon and mercury emissions, raising fuel efficiency, and raising standards at coal plants.
But even in giving Obama the thumbs up, Bloomberg insisted gridlock was not an excuse for ineffectualness: “Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress—and President Obama can, too. If he 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, who had previously attacked both candidates for their lack of leadership, said Mitt Romney showed promise as governor, but has dropped the ball since reaching the national level: “He has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported,” the billionaire opined. “In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.”
Um, is it too early to say “Bloomberg in 2016”?