Ezra Klein Reflections on Bloomberg Endorsement of Obama

We looked up one afternoon and suddenly everybody noticed climate change! Imagine that. Katrina didn't do the trick. Nor did record cold, heat, floods, droughts, fires, or unseasonable insect infestations. We had to wait until the financial/corporate center of gravity was hit hard in the nuts to get enough attention for movers and shakers to pay attention. Read More
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I really like that Bloomberg used his leverage to push climate change to the front of this election: http://t.co/D9EZQCqa
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Bloomberg's endorsement may not move votes. But it may move the politics on climate change in a slightly more reasonable direction.
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1. Bloomberg's endorsement is one of the most fascinating and strategically designed endorsements I've seen.
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2. By endorsing this close to the election, he's trying to impose a real cost on the Republican Party for climate denialism.
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3. By attacking Obama and praising the old Romney in his op-ed, he's buttressing his role as an arbiter of the center.
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4. And then he's spending that credibility to make "acting to stop climate change" a centrist issue.
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5. Bloomberg's not endorsing Obama so much as he's trying to reset the incentives on climate change. It's a huge play.
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6. And by tying the endorsement to Sandy, Bloomberg is trying to cement the idea that Sandy=climate change
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7. Making it at least a bit more likely that the political elites will see Sandy as a proper forcing event for action on climate change.

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