8 thoughts on “On the Environment, De Blasio Defied Expectations with Bold Goals, but Now Must Deliver

  1. All these regulations will only make office buildings in the city much less competitive compared to other parts of the country.

    • No, these regulations will make NYC office buildings stop destroying the environment, both globally and inside the buildings. Instead of everyone paying the cost for their pollution a little later, the buildings will pay their own smaller cost up front.

      That is a big difference.

      You should be whining in other cities forums to force them to stop polluting. Of course, they’re not really competitive with NYC office space now, but anything to get them to clean up their expensive waste is worth it.

  2. One very important initiative that de Blasio has launched, massive upzoning for many neighborhoods, will cause huge environmental impacts of all kinds in these neighborhoods that will spill over into others. Why does this article pay no attention to this. Traffic congestion and air pollution, worsening of the water pollution you did mention, Transit crowding, and underground infrastructure failures will wreak havoc. The Mayor needs to answer for it. City Limits should recognize the need for the Mayor to understand the relationship between hyper development and environmental impacts and not give him a pass on this important issue.

    • Fair points, Maggie. We didn’t get into it because it’s complicated. The city’s population is growing so those impacts could arrive whether there is a rezoning or not. Having people live in cities generally gives them a smaller carbon footprint because of mass transit. Within the city, doing rezonings near transit is generally thought to have environmental benefits, and the rezonings generally do that. New buildings can be more energy efficient than old ones. And so on. So the arguments around rezonings/development and the environment could cut a few different ways–even more important, those arguments are probably not the most crucial ones when it comes to rezonings: I’d argue residential displacement and commercial impacts are. So, needless to say, too much to deal with here.

  3. This is an excellent analysis of the current situation in NYC. DeBlasio’s goals are commendable but the bottom line is that progress has been dismal. Only 2% of energy capacity in the city is from renewable sources, wind and solar. The rate of Carbon Emissions from fossil fuels has been flat for the last 5 years (Roadmap to 80×50, page 23). The solutions are obvious and other U.S. cities including Boston and Chicago are ahead of NYC.

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