DE BLASIO: NYC to Ban Glass and Steel Skyscrapers to Fight Global Warming

Measure intended to comply with Green New Deal standards…

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has embraced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., Green New Deal and said the city will ban “inefficient” steel and glass skyscrapers as a result.

“We are making the Green New Deal come alive here in New York City,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s three very basic ideas. One, the biggest source of emissions in New York City is buildings.”

The city will introduce “strong mandates” for buildings to “guarantee we reduce emissions,” de Blasio said.

The buildings that don’t comply by 2030 will face fines “as high as $1 million or more.”

“We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient,” he continued. “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’ve seen in the past.”

The New York City Council passed a building emissions bill last week, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s buildings by 40 percent over the next decade.

The bill is a major step toward implementing Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which many critics on both sides of the aisle have slammed as unrealistic.

Thirty-eight of the city’s 51 council members sponsored the legislation and it easily passed in a 45-2 vote.

De Blasio said the bill is not only a sign that the city is embracing the Green New Deal, but it’s also reject the Trump administration’s lenience on climate change initiatives.

“As the Trump administration escalates its assault on environmental protections, our cities and states are assuming the mantle of leadership. New York City is taking critical climate action with the passage of bold legislation,” Donna De Costanzo, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s eastern region climate and clean energy program, said in a statement.