No More Glass

The Story

On Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio declared war on buildings, which he described as New York City’s largest contributors to climate change. Promising to “ban” glass-curtained skyscrapers, he also vowed to impose strict new standards on electricity consumption and move the city toward 100% renewable-energy use as soon as possible. Environmental sustainability is a worthy goal, but the mayor’s agenda is rooted in politics, not science.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Hydro: The mayor plans to transition city-owned facilities to “100% renewable-electricity usage” by tapping Quebec’s hydroelectric power—but because of environmental issues associated with dams, many jurisdictions and most green-energy plans don’t consider hydropower a “renewable” resource. Read more.

  2. Oil: De Blasio condemns fossil fuels, but modern society is unthinkable without carbon-based energy. Read more.

  3. Glass: The mayor claimed that he wants to ban steel-and-glass buildings, but modern steel and glass have enabled some of the most important advances in energy savings. Read more.

“Analogizing energy production with information production is a fundamental category error; they entail different laws of physics.”

Mark Mills, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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The Past is Present

Energize! By Max Schulz (City Journal, 2009)

“New York needs cheaper power—and more of it.”

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