By critiquing Obama and praising Romney's former policies, Klein said, Bloomberg established his bona fides as a centrist. Then, speaking as a centrist, Bloomberg attempted to situate climate change as a nonpartisan issue that must be urgently dealt with.
"Bloomberg's not endorsing Obama so much as he's trying to reset the incentives on climate change. It's a huge play," Klein said.
Paul Bledsoe, a policy consultant and a former Clinton White House staffer, said that given Bloomberg's appeal to independents, Republicans may now feel pressure to change their stance on climate.
"Romney has performed flip-flops on climate change worthy of an Olympic gymnast," he said. "And it now appears [Republicans] either have to take a stand or pay a political price."
Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net, 202-628-6500.