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Spitzer: Ignore climate change at your peril

October 31st, 2012
07:14 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The devastating superstorm Sandy has cleared the east coast of the United States, but the crisis she left behind is spreading fast.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that the aftermath is much worse than officials could have expected. But Spitzer said that investments in infrastructure that should have been made years ago were never made – like protections for the subway, hospitals, and energy systems.

"At so many levels, our politics are failing us; global warming was not mentioned in the presidential debates," Spitzer said.

Andrew Cuomo, the current governor of New York, told the press on Tuesday that he hopes Sandy will be used not just as an opportunity to rebuild, but to "build it back smarter;" and added, "Anyone who says there's not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality."

Spitzer said that unfortunately storms like Sandy become the wake-up calls to the public.

"When you speak of things in hypotheticals, people discount the reality. After this storm, perhaps public opinion will be galvanized. We can only hope so because we cannot survive a succession of these storms."

Soldiers carry patients out of Sandy-hit NYC hospital

CNN’s Ken Olshansky produced this piece for television.

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  1. obuzor-bashi, n. g.

    Mr. Spitzer nave spoken and it is duty bound on the authorities to carry out real reconstructions. In Nigeria my country 2013 is pregnant and unless something is done too food crisis is imminent due to the serious flooding nationwide. My prayer is God deliver us from disasters.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  2. Laurayne Mallette

    They should go investigated under the water what are under there, all around USA May be they will be surprise of what they will fund

    October 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  3. Radarman

    What a lame interview. Elliott the Governor who was forced to resign is criticizing the lack of planning. Spitzer you are part of the problem. He said that Washington did not do this.. Washington – it is YOUR state that should be doing the planning and preparing areas for an emergency, I saw the CNN pics of the boats destroyed in the Kill harbor. Why were they not removed before hand. When we see a storm in Florida we act.

    Now - give me a break about the carbon tax. That is why NY is in such trouble - tax – tax and tax.

    I am sort miffed – Christiane - you did not do your job. Several time - well the idiot said - "well I do not want to politicize this" you said nothing!!

    November 1, 2012 at 5:29 am | Reply
  4. Tommy Bohmer

    I have been watching Christiane Amanpour for many years, both during her first period with CNN and during the present one as well. I have always been a big Amanpour fan.
    But today’s two interviews about hurricane SANDY, first of Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and then of Prof. Oppenheimer, may well have been the last time. The very same day that Bill O’Reilly interviewed on FOX News two experts, one a firm believer in global warming and one opposed to this view, allowing his viewers to listen to both sides and form their own views, Christiane Amanpour decided to show one side of the coin only.
    Why? Has this maybe anything to do with next week’s presidential elections?

    November 1, 2012 at 6:08 am | Reply
  5. eyes21st

    To even attempt to have fast progress on this we need more than just talk – somehow we need to find a path to at least begin to improve the quality of our decision makers. It an issue i never hear been raised by anyone..

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    November 7, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  6. Tyron Sedlock

    Global warming, as you may already be on familiar terms with is the process that describes the earth?s temperature climb. This rise in heat is as of greenhouse grasses. Although international warming might not have a important collision on top of your life, it is likely to have a enormous and probably devastating collision lying on the lives of your children, their children, and future generations to come. For that reason, lots of educators are attractive the time to educate their students on universal warming. In fact, you may live astounded immediately how rapidly these lessons start. When it comes to comprehensive warming and schools, you will locate that international warming is being qualified by the side of a much former period. .^

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    May 9, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  7. Blossom Idris

    My main concern about climate change is data inconsistance with reality, we may lag behind the cloak of it destructiveness.

    November 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm | Reply

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