View all newsletters
Sign up to our newsletters

Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
7 September 2018updated 01 Jul 2021 5:31am

Mike Bloomberg’s Climate Change roadtrip

The former mayor of New York is helping launch a cross-country project offering funding for local projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

By Nicky Woolf

In the Trump era, the divisions in America have never been more visible, and one of the clearest divisions is between urban and rural areas. America’s cities consistently choose a more progressive vision of the future than the countryside that surrounds them.

This is not, in fact, new. On topics such as gun control, city and town leaders nationwide have long worked together to lobby for tighter restrictions on things like who can purchase automatic rifles. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York city, has often been on the forefront of these initiatives, maintaining a network of city mayors across the country.

In 2014, he founded the Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that incorporates Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a network of city executives working together for the safety of their townspeople.

But it’s not just guns that worry Bloomberg and other city-level leaders across America. On September 14, he and other leading philanthropists will join for part of a cross-country road trip in an electric car (a 2017 Chevy Bolt), stopping along the way and meeting with local city leadership groups to fund local-scale projects to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. The project is also supported by California governor Jerry Brown.

This kind of grassroots project is sorely needed as Trump’s administration rolls back on environmental protections across the country. In particular, the EPA, under then-administrator Scott Pruitt (who has since resigned), repealed the Clean Power Plan, president Obama’s signature carbon emission reduction policy.

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via saturdayread.substack.com The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via morningcall.substack.com Our Thursday ideas newsletter, delving into philosophy, criticism, and intellectual history. The best way to sign up for The Salvo is via thesalvo.substack.com Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates. Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team. The best way to sign up for The Green Transition is via spotlightonpolicy.substack.com
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

At each stop, the “New American Road Trip” will award cash prizes of up to $7,000 for projects by schools, companies, or community organizations which offer innovative proposals for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bloomberg, who is currently the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for climate action, said that “the cross-country road trip is a great American tradition and a chance to see some of the nation’s most impressive sights,” and added that “today, that includes the work Americans are doing in both red and blue states to reduce carbon emissions in ways that strengthen the economy, create jobs, and protect public health.”

“This trip is a way to highlight and support their efforts.”

One of the scheduled stops on the trip is Boulder, Colorado. “My fellow female mayors and women leaders across the country have been integral to driving clean energy and climate policies, and promoting innovation and technology that is creating green jobs, economic growth and a more sustainable future here in Boulder and nationally,” Suzanne Jones, the mayor of Boulder, said in a statement.

And California governor Jerry Brown said, also in a statement, that “this is more than a road trip, it’s a window to the future – when renewable energy will power our cities and electric vehicles will dot not only America’s two coasts, but also its heartland.”

You can follow the trip on social media, or – if you live in one of the cities being visited along the route (Las Vegas, Boulder, St. Louis and Pittsburgh) – you can enter the competition, using their official hashtag, “#NewAmericanRoadTrip”.

Content from our partners
Inside the UK's enduring love for chocolate
Unlocking the potential of a national asset, St Pancras International
Time for Labour to turn the tide on children’s health

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via saturdayread.substack.com The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via morningcall.substack.com Our Thursday ideas newsletter, delving into philosophy, criticism, and intellectual history. The best way to sign up for The Salvo is via thesalvo.substack.com Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates. Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team. The best way to sign up for The Green Transition is via spotlightonpolicy.substack.com
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU