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De Blasio Rolls Out Green New Deal For New York City

April 22, 2019 - 5:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio used Earth Day to make an announcement about New York City’s role in the Green New Deal.

According to the mayor, the city isn't just talking about, New York City is making the Green New Deal come alive.

“We're going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” Mayor de Blasio said. “They have no place in our city or on our earth anymore. If a company wants to build a big skyscraper they can use a lot of glass if they do all of the other things needed to reduce the emissions.”

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports, greenhouse gas emissions in New York City must be cut by 30% by 2030 or fines in the millions could result.

Mayor de Blasio previously pledged to have all of the city's government buildings powered by electricity produced by Hydropower in five years.

“We are not waiting on leaders who deny global warming is even happening, because we've seen those fires, those floods, those droughts, we've seen what hurricane sandy did to this city,” the mayor said. “We're not in denial here.”

He had called the city’s $14 billion plan “bold and audacious and necessary.”