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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Monday he plans to crack down on "the classic glass and steel skyscrapers" because of their energy inefficiencies. While de Blasio does not appear to have plans to impose a blanket ban on glass and steel skyscrapers (i.e. all of them), he does intend to impose burdensome regulations that will hurt many building owners and discourage new construction.
De Blasio was asked on Morning Joe by co-host Joe Scarborough how New York's "Green New Deal" can "provide a road map" for members of Congress looking to implement policies that will fight climate change. Congressional efforts—led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) and others—to pass a Green New Deal made headlines in February, though the measure failed in the Senate last month by a 57–0 vote.
"We're actually making the Green New Deal come alive here in New York City," de Blasio told Scarborough. "It's three very basic ideas. One, the biggest source of emissions in New York City is buildings. We're putting clear, strong mandates, the first of any major city on the Earth to say to building owners: 'You gotta clean up your act. You gotta retrofit. You gotta save energy.'"
Building owners will have until 2030 to implement these changes, he added, or else face fines of up to or exceeding $1 million. That's where the part about the skyscrapers came in. "This mandate is going to ensure that we reduce emissions," he said.
"We're going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient," de Blasio said. "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."
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 22, 2019
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