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Bloomberg endorses Obama for a 2nd term, climate change a focus

Published on Nov 2, 2012 5:40 AM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media during a news conference in New York in this file photo taken on Oct 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, citing the importance of his record on climate change, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating blow dealt to the New York area by storm Sandy.

Mr Bloomberg said Mr Obama has taken significant steps to reduce carbon consumption, whereas Republican challenger Mitt Romney has backtracked on earlier positions he had taken as governor of Massachusetts to battle climate change.

"Our climate is changing," Mr Bloomberg wrote in an opinion article for Bloomberg View, a section of Bloomberg News.

"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."

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