New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election.
The mayor announced his endorsement in an op-ed at bloomberg.com and cited, at the top, that his support was motivated out of concern for climate change. He began, "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.
"The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods – something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable."
The mayor said Obama, not Republican challenger Mitt Romney, is the one who will deliver leadership on environmental issues.
Romney, Bloomberg observed, had a better history on climate change as a governor than he has the nominee for the presidency. "He has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported. This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward," Bloomberg wrote.
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