NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio targets glass skyscrapers with Green New Deal to cut emissions

“We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient,” said the mayor of New York City.

Hudson Yards. Photo by James Morehead on Unsplash

— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced a $14 billion initiative (Green New Deal) as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse emissions in New York by 30 percent by the year 2030. Some of the measures are extremely severe, including a ban on all-glass skyscrapers.

(NEW YORK, NY) — During an interview on MSNBC, 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. His pitch to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, however, was met with some pushback.

De Blasio is also digging into owners of current buildings to make their structures more environmentally friendly. If they do not comply with the mayor’s 2030 goals, they could face fines of $1 million or more.

De Blasio’s comments come to light on a recent attempt to center himself in the national spotlight, ahead of what he indicates will soon decide on running for the highest office in the United States.

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