Liberal New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio recently unveiled his own Green New Deal and declared that “glass and steel skyscrapers” would be banned in his city.
“We are going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” he said during a press conference on Earth Day.
“They have no place in our city or on our earth anymore.”
He painted the popular style of construction as energy inefficient and indicated that skyscrapers of that type that have already been constructed would have to undergo massive renovations lest they face steep fines.
But during the speech, De Blasio also gestured to the buildings behind him — the Hudson Yards — as “examples of the wrong way to do things,” according to the New York Times.
Ironically, one of those buildings just so happens to be where CNN is preparing to move its main studio for its prime time broadcasts, Forbes reported.
Forbes was also writing about how CNN has recently seen its audience drop by a humiliating 26%. Ouch. Fox News dominated the April viewership with MSNBC in a distant second.
When the mayor singled out the multi-structured Hudson Yards, developer spokeswoman Joanna Rose pointed out that 10 Hudson Yards is “one of New York’s most energy-efficient Class A office towers.”
De Blasio seemed to backtrack a bit from his skyscraper ban during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient. 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,” he told co-host Joe Scarborough.
He also told Scarborough that all aspects of the New York City government will have to rely on renewable sources of energy “in the next five years.” He called his plan an adaption of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal.