CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- Presidential politics, for most of the nation it's more than a year away. But here in the Hawkeye state it's almost heating up to full swing. A handful of candidates have already declared their intention to run, but some of the bigger names on the potential list of candidates are still mulling that decision. Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made several stop in Iowa to tour renewable energy efforts and to promote a new film about climate change.
Bloomberg is a staunch supporter of efforts to combat global warming and gun violence and has spent millions supporting candidates who share his views. He is also widely considered to be weighing his options in 2020, and Tuesday's visit to Iowa makes it clear he is still open to the idea of running for President. "I don't know what I'm going to do but I will do everything for sure to try and make it the issue, this is already having an enormous impact on all parts of the world, it's already having an impact on Iowa." Said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg was also critical of President Trump's denial of a new government report outlining the dangers American faces due to climate change. "If you don't believe in science I don't know what to tell ya. I guess when you need a doctor you go to a witch doctor or something, but to me it's inconceivable that he really believes that."
Bloomberg toured a solar panel installation at Paulson Electric in Southwest Cedar Rapids. Later, he attended a round table discussion at the company and talked to reporters afterwards. Bloomberg would not speculate about when he might make a decision about running for President, but made it clear he will continue to remain politically active when it comes to issues like climate change and gun control. Bloomberg has faced criticism from conservatives who point to his criticisms of subsidies for ethanol. When asked about that Tuesday, Bloomberg tempered his stance, calling ethanol an important piece of America's energy portfolio right now, but not a permanent solution when it comes to producing what the world needs solely from renewable energies like wind and solar.