Line in the sand


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposal to limit the use of glass and steel in building facades on Monday, while unveiling a series of environmentally friendly initiatives, including a requirement for larger buildings to cut emissions and a plan to purchase hydropower.

De Blasio dubbed his platform New York City’s Green New Deal. Its name nods to national efforts to transition the economy toward more sustainable endeavors, recently popularized by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens). The city’s Green New Deal debuted on Earth Day as de Blasio publicly weighs a run for president.

“We make very clear we are not waiting on Washington, D.C. because that would be to our peril,” de Blasio said. “We are not waiting on leaders who deny global warming is even happening.”

Citing slim, glass towers in Hudson Yards, the mayor said his administration would shepherd through legislation in 2019 that prevents new buildings from being composed of traditional glass and steel — both poor insulants — because they waste heat and electricity and drive up carbon emissions.

Such shells would not be permitted under the revised building energy code unless they include a newer glass that better retains heat and absorbs sunlight, or the structure offsets the air leakage with efficient temperature control systems or other new technology, de Blasio said.

“What it’s going to mean is building owners won’t build those type of buildings, or if they choose to, they’re going to do a lot to compensate with other energy saving measures,” de Blasio said.

Beyond building facade material, de Blasio said the city will begin negotiating to purchase Canadian hydropower, with the goal of striking a deal by the end of 2020 and powering all city operations with renewable sources of electricity within five years.

The mayor announced he would sign a measure passed by the City Council Thursday, which mandates that buildings over 25,000 square feet cut their carbon emissions by 40% by 2030; and curtail them by 80% by 2050.

“Any landlord who does not achieve these goals will be subject to fines of up to $1 million per year. In some cases, in the largest buildings, it could be over $1 million,” de Blasio said. “That’s real money and it sends a real message that this has to happen.”

Next to Marxism, and indeed allied with it, the stupidest religion created in the last two centuries is climate change. (Well, it’s not stupid if you’re a scam artist and you make money on the hoax – then you’re just evil.) It’s long past time to draw a line in the sand and call these idiots idiots.

0% CO2 in 100 parts air. 0% CO2 in 1000 parts air. How dumb can you get? Hey, when we lived in NYC, we saw temperatures increase over 100 degrees in a single year!

Calling this crap crap is not without risk, since apparently a majority thinks this stuff is happening. But if the scam artists have to eliminate the MWP to phony up their numbers, it’s time to enjoy ourselves and let them squirm.

One Response to “Line in the sand”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    Well, they are still just proposals. I would imagine powerful well funded interests would oppose this or at least get it watered down, perhaps grandfathering older building and simply changing the building code for new ones.

    If they come to pass as the mayor intends, it can only further cripple the NYC economy.

    Naturally the effect on the weather will be zero, but it will make de Bolshevik feel good about himself and show how much he cares. As for the hardships it might inflict on the little people, well, that’s just too bad. It is for their own good you know.

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