“We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient,” Bill de Blasio said on “Morning Joe.” As the New York City mayor lays out plans for a municipal Green New Deal, he is looking to target one of the biggest sources of emissions in the city: buildings.
De Blasio explained that traditional skyscrapers would become difficult to build due to strong energy efficient mandates. “If someone wants to build one of those things, they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient”, he told the MSNBC crew.
The mayor added that the city will also target private building owners for not retrofitting for energy efficiency. In his Green New Deal, owners that don’t slash emission by 30% by 2030 will receive fines, with the largest buildings potentially facing penalties as high as $1 million or more.
He also went on to promise that the city will get all of its energy from renewable sources within the next five years.
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