Bloomberg Commits to Helping Climate-Friendly Candidates

Michael Bloomberg and Eduardo Paes, the new chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. (Photo: Twitter/c40cities)
Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Eduardo Paes, the new chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. (Photo: Twitter/c40cities)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning left the door open to using his vast fortune to support candidates who are strong on climate change issues in 2014’s congressional races.

Mr. Bloomberg, who is expected to remain deeply involved in politics after he leaves City Hall at the end of this year, did not explicitly commit to writing checks–but said he would “do everything I can to elect people who take environmental issues seriously.”  Continue reading “Bloomberg Commits to Helping Climate-Friendly Candidates”

In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins

President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
In his State of the Union address this evening, President Barack Obama addressed several hot-button political issues including climate change, immigration reform and gun control. Overall, the president’s speech struck a populist tone, but when bringing up his proposals to address some of these more controversial issues, he characterized them as making good business sense. Continue reading “In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins”

Bloomberg on Global Warming and Hurricane Sandy

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Mayor Bloomberg tours some of the storm damage from Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: Getty)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly hinted at climate change’s culpability for the frequency and severity of the weather striking New York State in recent years. However, Mr. Cuomo been getting more direct in the claim, stating earlier today, “I think part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is reality.” And, asked about the topic at his own press conference following Mr. Cuomo’s, Mayor Michael Bloomberg also appeared to cautiously assign blame on global warming while urging proactive steps to address the issue.

“Look, there have been very strange weather patterns, very severe storms where they normally have not occurred. That much is recorded, you can look at the film, okay?” Mr. Bloomberg began. “Whether or not it is part of a long-term climate change or just a random collection of events, only time will tell. The argument that we’re damaging our planet is simply, ‘Let’s assume that we decide that we’re not damaging our planet and find out later on that we were, it literally could be too late!’ I think if you go and you talk to farmers who have lost all their crops because there have been droughts, or places where you’ve had tornadoes or hurricanes or the families of those who have lost here, they would say, ‘Hey, there’s something going on.'”

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