Michael Bloomberg Speaks on Climate Change

January 30, 2019

By Alexis Soucy

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke as part of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics’ Bookmark Series on January 29. 

In his first trip to New Hampshire of 2019, Bloomberg touched on variety of topics from the upcoming Super Bowl to the recent government shutdown. He listed several challenges he believes the United States is facing, but chose to focus his speech primarily on climate change with inspiration from his latest book, Climate of Hope.

“Seriously, fighting climate change is one of the best ways to save lives,” Bloomberg told the crowd of business leaders, political figures, and students. He shared how he worked to cut the carbon footprint of New York City throughout his three terms as mayor, and how helping the environment created 400,000 new jobs in the city.

“Americans want elected officials to put partisanship aside and work together on real solutions to their problems,” he said, explaining how people see the effects of climate change all around them through natural disasters and struggling industries.

Bloomberg’s New Hampshire visit generated a lot of buzz about possible 2020 plans. “Whether I run for president or not,” he shared, “I will work to ensure that fighting climate change and spurring economic development in areas that depend on fossil fuels is a top priority for the Democratic nominee.”