New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave his support to President Barack Obama on Thursday, saying that the incumbent president has a better record on climate change.
Bloomberg, an independent, described Obama as the candidate who would “lead on climate change,” and said he made his decision based on super-storm Sandy wreaking havoc across New York and the northeastern United States. In a statement, he said that the storm is likely the result of climate change.
“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,” Bloomberg continued in explaining his support.
President Obama, he said, “has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption,” including forcing “higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.”
He accused Republican candidate Mitt Romney of changing his stance on many issues, abandoning a cap-and-trade program that would reduce carbon emissions in the United States.
He also said that Obama, who said in 2008 that he would solve the multitude of problems in Washington, has not delivered on all his promises.
“Rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda,” Bloomberg said.
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