March 1, 2011, "The Bloomberg Bubble Bursts" Commentary, Fred Siegel "No Labels? No accomplishments, actually, for New York’s mayor."...Bloomberg "has now officially spent more of his own money in the pursuit of public office than any other individual in United States history.”...NY Times, 11/27/2009
3/7/2016, "Michael Bloomberg decides against run for president," CNN Money, Dylan Byers
"Bloomberg had spent months preparing for a potential candidacy, fearing that the two parties might nominate staunchly partisan figures like Trump or Ted Cruz on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left.
Bloomberg had brought on dozens of advisers and campaign staff, conducted internal polling in nearly two-dozen states, opened offices in Texas and North Carolina and created a campaign website and television ads, one of which he released to The New York Times. Bloomberg's advisers had also started vetting former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen as a possible running mate.
While speculation about Bloomberg's entry into the race was a favorite topic of New York and Washington's chattering classes, his candidacy was always viewed as a long shot. Even in a Trump-vs.-Sanders general election, Bloomberg still polled a distant-third with just 16% support, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll."...
2/18/2016, "Bloomberg Would Lose Big to Sanders and Trump — WSJ/NBC Poll," Wall St. Journal, Daniel Nasaw
"Ex-New York mayor would siphon more support from Sanders than from Trump."
Then NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s personal fleet of private planes made 981 trips from 2007-2010. Even if US CO2 danger existed, Bloomberg would still be an illegitimate advocate:
2/14/2011, “Flight records uncover elusive Mayor’s tracks,” WSJ, Maremont, McGinty, Saul
“Clues to his travels can be found in flight records of Mr. Bloomberg’s fleet of private planes, operated by his private financial-information company, Bloomberg LP, and also used by the mayor.
The planes flew to Bermuda, where Mr. Bloomberg owns a home, 16 times last year and 54 times in all from 2007 through 2010, according to Federal Aviation Administration records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. On 41 trips, the aircraft left New York and spent all or part of the weekend in Bermuda. One overnight trip there coincided with the December blizzard, according to flight records.
The records also show that the Bloomberg fleet has been the single largest user of scarce slots allocated to private aircraft at La Guardia airport. The flights continued apace even after the mayor two years ago called for curbs on small commercial planes at La Guardia and other area airports to reduce congestion.
The FAA records don’t show the names of passengers, so it can’t be determined if Mr. Bloomberg was on board any particular flight. The mayor’s public schedule shows he couldn’t have been on six of the 54 flights to Bermuda. The mayor’s aides declined to comment on the other Bermuda trips….
A billionaire, Mr. Bloomberg also owns vacation homes in London and Vail, Colo., and enjoys playing golf in various locales….An entity named Bloomberg Services LLC currently operates at least four aircraft, FAA records show, and it ended the lease on a fifth last June. The aircraft also are used by Bloomberg LP executives, and by the mayor’s relatives and guests. Aides have said the cost of Mr. Bloomberg’s travel aboard his company’s planes, even for city business, is borne by the mayor, not by taxpayers. Bloomberg LP declined comment.
Given the size of the Bloomberg Services fleet, the mayor undoubtedly wasn’t on board the majority of its flights over the past four years. Frequent destinations included Boston, London, and Washington—all home to many Bloomberg LP clients—and spots such as Raleigh-Durham, N.C., that the mayor isn’t know to often visit….
Bloomberg Services planes flew to another resort, the Bahamas, 14 times from New York-area airports between 2007 and 2010. The weekend before the December blizzard, for instance, a Falcon 900 took off from La Guardia for the Bahamas at 5:21 pm on Friday, Dec. 17, FAA records show. It arrived back in New York at 8:20 pm that Sunday.
Twice last April, Bloomberg Services jets left La Guardia for the Bahamas on Thursday evenings and returned on Sunday evenings.
Another frequent destination was West Palm Beach, Fla. One of the mayor’s daughters has a house near Palm Beach where she rides horses. Mr. Bloomberg’s aides declined to comment on any of the flights between New York airports and the Bahamas or West Palm Beach….
In August 2008, Mayor Bloomberg decried “chronic flight delays” at New York area airports, and threw his support behind a Bush Administration slot-auction proposal. “The largest culprit of delays today is the over-scheduling of small airplanes by airlines,” he wrote to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
The auction proposal was never implemented, and a spokeswoman said the FAA no longer supports it. In August 2008, the FAA further reduced the number of takeoff or landing slots for general aviation at La Guardia, from six movements per hour to three.
The largest single user of these scarce slots has been Bloomberg Services, FAA data show. Bloomberg planes departed or landed 853 times between August 2008 and the end of 2010. That is 8% of all general aviation movements at La Guardia during that period, but a tiny portion of all flights at the airport, which averages close to 1,000 daily aircraft movements.
Mr. Loeser declined to comment on any conflict between Mr. Bloomberg’s public stance on airport congestion and the number of Bloomberg Services flights at La Guardia.“
Added: Bloomberg spent $261 million of his own money to get himself elected 3 times to NYC Mayor:
11/27/2009, “Bloomberg Spent $102 Million to Win 3rd Term,” NY Times, City Room, Michael Barbaro
“He has now officially spent more of his own money in the pursuit of public office than any other individual in United States history.”...
6/4/2012, "Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006," Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage
"Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord."...
8/16/2012, "AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low," AP, Kevin Begos
"In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years....Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide."...
1/16/2011, "Recession Special: Cleaner Air," NY Times, Matthew Wald
"What the government has not mandated, the economy is doing on its own: emissions of global warming gases in the United States are down. According to the Energy Department, carbon dioxide emissions peaked in this country in 2005 and will not reach that level again until the early 2020s."...
NRDC notes US CO2 drop and the fact that there has been minimal press coverage of it:
6/26/2012, "The Incredible Shrinking Carbon Pollution Forecast - Part 2," switchboard.nrdc.org, Dan Lashof
"While there has been some press coverage of these facts (see here and here) I continue to find that most people are surprised to learn about this progress."...
If US temperatures go up, US human-caused CO2 isn't, can't possibly be the reason.
6/29/2012, "US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again," American Interest, Walter Russell Mead
11/23/2011, "Europe's $287 billion carbon 'waste': UBS report," The Australian, by Sid Maher
"SWISS banking giant UBS says the European Union's emissions trading scheme has cost the continent's consumers $287 billion for "almost zero impact" on cutting carbon emissions."...EU CO2 trading provided "windfall profits" to participants paid for by "electricity customers.""