Bloomberg Endorses Obama

He may have discouraged a post-storm presidential visit this week, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election Thursday.

His big issue: climate change.

“We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” Bloomberg wrote in a column for the Bloomberg News website.

Bloomberg added: “His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.”

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Pictured:  Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talk at Ground Zero on  September 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images)