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Michael Bloomberg got New Yorkers to quit smoking. Can he shut down coal?
Publishing date: 23.07.2011

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The New York mayor is using a $50m gift to the Sierra Club to make the case against coal on public health grounds. The Guardian, July 22, 2011

He got New Yorkers to stopsmokingand give up trans fats. Now maybe he can convince Americans to seecoalas a danger to public health – at leastMichael Bloombergsays that is the idea behind his $50m (£31m) gift to the Sierra Club'sBeyond Coalcampaign.
What it's not about is making an argument based onclimate change.
"If you don't survive today, you are not going to be around for tomorrow," he told me on Thursday, soon afterannouncing the gift from his philanthropic foundation. "I don't think there is any question that we are doing damage to the global environment but that gets you into an argument that is not necessary, and that the public has trouble thinking about," he said.

Bloomberg has proven his commitment to environmental causes. As mayor, he has championed bike lanes and green retrofits of office towers. As a philanthropist, he pledged $20m (£12.5m) earlier this year to help theC40 global mayors groupwhich is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 40 cities around the world.
But like other leaders on the environment since the rise of the Tea Party he is strategically avoiding mention of climate change. In Bloomberg's case, he argues distant threats are not great motivators.

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