The following post was written on November 1, 2012:
Breaking news: Mayor Bloomberg has endorsed Barack Obama, and has written an article on Bloomberg View explaining his reasons. Here’s the article.
So what’s the main reason? Climate change!
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 might be -- given this week’s devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
That’s right. There’s been “devastation”! Therefore our leaders must take “immediate action.” What kind of immediate action? Action to “decrease our carbon consumption.”
Hmmm. I think I’m experiencing a good piece of the “devastation” right now, namely that the electricity is out. That is causing a huge decrease in my carbon consumption. Wait a minute, is that “devastation” or is that something that the government should impose on us intentionally? Intentionally imposed devastation in order to avoid devastation?
Here’s a new Romney ad on the subject.
So because we might suffer natural devastation once every few (or maybe one hundred) years, let's inflict the exact same devastation intentionally and all the time. If we can make electricity so expensive that you can't afford more than a little of it 365 days a year, then we can (maybe) avoid having the electricity knocked out for a few days every decade. Yup, makes a lot of sense.