At the C40 conference in Hong Kong yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg urged the heads of the other coalition cities to cut taxi emissions. He also lashed out at recent criticism over China's push to invest in environmentally friendly technologies, essentially saying America is just jealous. “I think in America, we’ve got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else and take a look at ourselves...There’s a country on the other side of the world that is taking their taxpayers’ dollars, and trying to sell subsidized things so we can buy them cheaper, and have better products, and we’re going to criticize that?"
He continued the tirade against his home country, accusing America of favoring uneducated and unworldly politicians. “If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read,” he said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here, only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is." Well if you love them so much, why don't you marry them?
Despite his anger, he is hopeful that the C40 cities can work together to fight pollution, and said that as local leaders they have the opportunity to get more involved than national leaders. “We’ve seen, I think again and again, how national governments have struggled, both at home and at the international stage, to take climate change actions,” he said in his speech. “Together, we have to fill the vacuum of leadership ourselves." He later shot down a Hong Kong reporter who asked him about a 2012 presidential run saying, "Definitely not. I have a job for the next 1,152 days, and I plan to serve out every one of them." You know, unless there's an emergency or something.