New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for reelection today as a president who would take the lead on addressing climate change.
Writing in a Bloomberg View essay published Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg said the hurricane that just battered the East Coast was a reminder of the high stakes of the election.
Local governments can work to reduce their carbon footprints, Bloomberg writes, but they can’t do it alone.
“We need leadership from the White House,” Bloomberg said, “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.”
The endorsement from Bloomberg, a political independent, was something of a surprise to many in the White House. The last public message they got from the New York mayor was that he didn’t welcome a presidential visit to the city as it recovered from super storm Sandy this week.
In a statement issued after the endorsement, Obama pledged to stand by New York “in its time of need.”
“While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time,” Obama said. “Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation — together.”
Bloomberg’s essay is Obama’s second vote of confidence in two days from an elected official outside the Democratic Party — and on the storm-ravaged coast. The president spent the day Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, who showed Obama the damage in his state and praised his vigorous response to the disaster.
In his essay, Bloomberg said he considered a number of things when making his decision, including Obama’s support for reproductive and same gender marriage rights.
But the most pressing issue for Bloomberg following the storm is climate change, and the candidates offer a clear choice, he writes.
“One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not,” the essay reads. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”
Source: POLITICS NOW – LA TIMES