New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing away with steel and glass skyscraper buildings in an effort to jump start AOC’s #GreenNewDeal in his city.
Reporter: Mr Mayor, if you’re so concerned with climate change, why do you and your motorcade drive from the UES to BK everyday just to go to the gym?
De Blasio: Well I’m cracking down on *looks around* SKYSCRAPERS… SO THERE’S THAT… https://t.co/NNh7lw34TI
— Colton Beach (@colton_beach) April 22, 2019
Mediaite reported that de Blasio said on MSNBC Monday morning his city will ban “inefficient” steel and glass skyscrapers as part of their Green New Deal.
While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal sputtered in Washington D.C., her home city of New York has embraced key pillars of the plan.
When asked about it on Morning Joe, de Blasio outlined the proposal.
“We are making the Green New Deal come alive here in New York City,” he said. “It’s three very basic ideas. One, the biggest source of emissions in New York City is buildings.”
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Here’s a partial transcript:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: So talk about New York’s Green New Deal. Obviously, the one presented in Congress has actually caused a rift among Democrats. What are you doing in New York City? How does that provide a roadmap for Democrats and Independents and some progressive, forward-thinking Republicans nationwide?
BILL DE BLASIO: We are actually making the Green New Deal come alive here in New York City. So, we have our own Green New Deal, three very basic ideas. One, the biggest source of emissions in New York City is buildings. We are putting clear, strong mandates. The first of any major city on the Earth to say to building owners, “you got to clean up your act, you got to retrofit, you got to save energy.” If you don’t do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as $1 million or more for the biggest buildings. And this mandate is going to guarantee that we reduce emissions. We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient. If someone wants to build one of those things they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient, but we’re not going to allow what we used to see in the past. And, the city of New York, the government, which uses about as much energy in a year as do the people and the businesses of the state of Vermont, we are going to get all of our energy from renewable sources in the next five years.