In 2010, Bloomberg badly blew New York City’s snowstorm response because he was obsessed with charting the impact of Global Warming on New York. Then he blew the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
Now that he’s out of office, he can only fail upward and with these credentials, he was the perfect choice to become the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and Cities.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first special envoy for cities and climate change.
Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his “consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change,” a statement issued by Ban’s office said.
Bloomberg has played a leading role in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an international group of mayors created in 2005 and dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The C40 group, of which Bloomberg is president of the board, is due to meet in Johannesburg next week.
The Point already covered the plans for this summit under, “Soda-Obsessed Mayor of Illiterate City to Convene Climate Change Summit in World’s Rape Capital.”
In office, Bloomberg fought Global Warming by screwing up traffic with bike lanes and bus lanes. He called for painting roofs white and proposed wind generators on top of skyscrapers. And then he emitted a lot of hot air through his mouth.
But becoming a Special Envoy for the UN isn’t hard. Ban is practically giving these things away.
Last month, Ban appointed former Ghana President John Kufuor and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as special envoys on climate change to drum up support for the planned September conference.
Do you want to be a Global Warming envoy? Call 1-800-UN-WASTE.
In April of that year, UN Director of Sustainable Development JoAnne DiSano warmly welcomed Mr. Bloomberg’s plans to reduce the strain on natural resources such as water, air and land by instituting a more energy-efficient city by rebuilding aging water mains, fostering greater support for mass transit, putting limits on vehicular congestion and creating more energy-efficient buildings.
If you have trouble driving around Manhattan, blame the United Nations, for more reasons than one.
But just to remind everyone that there is a politician out there more annoying and useless than Bloomberg, John Kerry had to chime in.
Mayor Bloomberg has hands-on experience confronting climate change in one of the largest cities in the world, while, at the same time, seizing the many opportunities that sustainable city management creates. I’m looking forward to the UN’s 2014 Climate Summit in New York next fall and delighted that Mayor Bloomberg will play such an important role in that event and the UN’s effort writ large.
I can’t think of a person better suited for this important new role.
In true liberal fashion, Bloomberg, couldn’t clean up after a snowstorm, but can manage to control the weather 50 years from now.