The mayor of NYC:
The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief…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. Here in New York, our comprehensive sustainability plan — PlaNYC — has helped allow us to cut our carbon footprint by 16 percent in just five years…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
It’s hard to parody this endorsement. The economy’s in shambles, but we have a president who’s focusing on carbon. Parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island are in ruins, and people can’t find a bathroom, but the mayor is going ahead with the marathon and he sure has cut that carbon footprint. We hope the people of New York City take seriously the electoral recommendation of their mayor.