Mike Bloomberg Gives Obama Luke-Warm Endorsement; Cites Global Warming, Hurricane

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New York City Mike Bloomberg has announced his pick in this year's presidential election, in a surprise endorsement that was likely brought on by the hurricane that ripped through the Northeast earlier this week.

Bloomberg, an Independent, who has said for months that he wasn't sure whether he'd give an official tip of the cap to either candidate, wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg Views this afternoon announcing that he's (kinda-sorta) endorsing President Barack Obama in this year's election.

His reason: the possibility of global warming.

"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 next Tuesday's presidential election into sharp relief," Bloomberg writes.

"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 may be -- given the devastation it is wreaking -- should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."

Bloomberg's op-ed echoes statements he made during a press conference yesterday, at which he basically said that regardless of whether you believe in "Global Warming," it's better to err on the side of caution.

But the mayor's endorsement wasn't an endorsement of the job the president's done while in office -- Bloomberg seems as disappointed as anyone in the job Obama's done over the last four years.

"In 2008, Obama ran as a pragmatic problem-solver and consensus-builder. But as president, he devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction," the mayor writes. "And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it."

See Bloomberg's op-ed here.
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wfufidio
wfufidio

If you think electricity is expensive now and the distribution grid is in tatters, wait until the few remaining power generators are forced to retool away from fossil fuels.  While you are plunged into a Third World system, Gore's Chinese patrons will keep building one new coal-fired plant each week.  Doesn't Boyles Law say something about gases mixing?  This is a hustle funded by scumbags who are working for foreigners. 

reconpresseusa
reconpresseusa

CON ED WHA?

 

VILLAGE, NYC--There have been a number of studies in an attempt to predict what could happen if some major failure in the NYC grid were to happen. Columbia, MIT and others took all the raw data handed to them by Con Ed, such as repair orders, maintenance logs, then looked underground at the thousands of miles of cables connecting all the manholes, and could only come up with WHA?

 

If the power flickered over on Bleecker St., then there must be a frayed wire in a manhole nearby, send out the crew. What the data mining engineers found were thousands of misspelled words in the logbooks, a heap of abbreviations and insider notes relevant to the privileged few repair crews, that added what they called "noise" to the effort of coming up with a meaningful report. The objective in the end was to predict an electrical failure before it happened.

 

The attempts by Con Ed to prevent a big blackout like the one in lower Manhattan this week included better weather diagnostics and beefing up its emergency response teams; all of this proved useless when the transformer farm exploded on 14th Street Monday night. How could Con Ed have been so wrong?

 

Part of the answer comes in "climate change", that big thing the Mayor of New York cited today for the reason he's endorsing President Obama for another term. A review of the Board of Directors for Con Ed shows none of them know a thing about it; they're all too busy living the high-life of fellowships, zoological society affiliations and absorbed into humanities commissions.

 

The power is still out in the Village, the food is rotten in the refrigerators and all the basements need some serious pumping. But getting Wall Street lit back up was more important and most of uptown never even had a problem. The map shows a half-dozen substations in lower Manhattan but the juice still isn't flowing. Even with this big archaic redundant system, apocalyptists predict the only thing running this weekend will be joggers in the marathon.

 

There just doesn't seem to be enough confidence in the streets right now to be convinced that 50,000 manholes, and all the gear in them, will be dry in two days.

weeble
weeble

I wasn't going to vote, but now I know who Bloomberg is sort of endorsing.

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