Bloomberg: 2020 candidates ‘better darn well’ have climate plan

Michael Bloomberg says all presidential candidates in 2020 should have a plan to combat climate change.

“I think that any candidate for federal office better darn well have a plan to deal with the problem that the Trump science advisers say could basically end this world,” Bloomberg said in a taped interview for NBC’s “Meet The Press with Chuck Todd.” 


“I think the public is tired of listening to the same platitudes that they get. ‘We’re in favor of God, Mother and apple pie. And trust me, I’ll have a plan when I get there.’ No. You have to have a plan," he continued. "And I can tell you one thing, I don’t know whether I’m going to run or not, but I will be out there demanding that anybody that’s running has a plan. And I want to hear the plan, and I want everybody to look at it and say whether it’s doable." 

The former New York City mayor and potential 2020 presidential contender has been an outspoken voice on climate change. He released a documentary and a book about the topic, called for the closure of coal-powered power plants and said he would make climate change “the issue” of the 2020 cycle. 

Bloomberg's comments come after reports painting a dire picture of climate related changes and their future impacts.

A congressionally mandated report released in November found that climate change could cost the United States billions of dollars annually within decades if greenhouse gases aren’t dramatically reduced. 

“Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century,” the report stated.

Trump, a climate skeptic, said he does not believe the report.

Democratic leaders in Congress are also facing pressure from newly elected progressive lawmakers to take more aggressive action on the issue.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa MORE (D-N.Y.) led the charge for a “Green New Deal” which sets a goal of getting 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable energy sources and calls on the House to create a special committee to craft climate change policy.

Democrats will have a special committee on climate to be chaired by Rep. Kathy CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne CastorOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows to push for Paris climate goals | Senate confirms Brouillette to succeed Perry at Energy | EPA under attack from all sides over ethanol rule Pelosi: Congress has 'iron-clad' commitment to climate crisis Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention MORE (D-Fla.). But the panel will not have subpoena power after criticism from other Democrats such as Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware MORE (N.J.), slated to be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.