President Obama's track record on climate change secures Mayor Bloomberg's vote

2 November 2012

NEW YORK: With The Climate Group member New York City still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and The Climate Group supporter, has endorsed President Obama for next week’s American Presidential election citing the President’s track record on climate change.

In an article written for Bloomberg View, Mayor Bloomberg reiterates this: “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.”

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has put climate change center stage just days before the Presidential Election. The effects of global warming are back centre stage at the national and media agenda from BusinessWeek’s ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’ front cover to NBC’s Chuck Todd on-air assertion: “Let's not bury our heads in the sand when it comes to something has changed in the Atlantic. The climate has changed. It's called climate change, folks.” 

Michael Bloomberg through his pioneering PlaNYC and his support of Climate Week NYC, where he has often spoken, has been instrumental in trying to put climate back on the table and drumming up attention on the benefits of the low carbon economy for the City of New York and the American economy at large.

Amy Davidsen, Executive Director The Climate Group North America says: “Less than two months after we gathered American and international leaders for Climate Week NYC 2012 and launched the American Clean Revolution, climate change has been put onto the national agenda where it should have been years ago.”

“When we speak with business and civil leaders in the US they repeatedly voice their frustration at the lack of appetite to discuss climate change at the highest level. The increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy are indications that climate change is happening and cannot be ignored. We need to work together to better prepare our nation to deal effectively with climate change and seize the opportunity of a low carbon economy. ”

If you would like to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the United States and Caribbean, Mashable has highlighted seven organizations running campaigns to help those affected. 

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