Bloomberg backs Obama, citing climate change
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed U.S. President Barack Obama today, citing climate change and the need for "immediate action" as a main reason for his decision.
"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," he wrote in the opinion section of his news operation, Bloomberg News.
He said that his recent experience had influenced his recent opinion of the presidential campaign.
"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."
"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."
The announcement brought climate change to the fore days ahead of the US presidential election, despite the fact the issue was virtually absent from the debates. Obama's emphasis on renewable energy, however, is a sharp contrast from Republican candidate Mitt Romney's Energy Independence Plan, which relies heavily on oil and gas from Canada and Mexico.
Romney had also criticized Obama's moves to stop climate change during the Republican National Convention, saying to his supporters:
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family,”
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