Soon, elected officials will need only the sun to get their work done.
By 2025, New York City government will require only solar power to function, outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio and newly appointed Governor Kathy Hochul said Tuesday. Their announcement was made as part of Climate Week and hinges on whether major green energy infrastructure projects are approved.
The projects include plans for two transmission lines that would reduce fossil fuel reliance by providing the city with wind, solar and hydrogen power from upstate New York and Canada.
“This is a transformative moment for New York City’s fight against climate change,” de Blasio said, adding that in addition to supplying the boroughs with greener forms of energy, the lines will “create thousands of good union jobs, improve the resilience and reliability of our power supply, and dramatically reduce our reliance on oil and gas electricity that dirties the air in our neighborhoods and endangers our planet.”
In advocating for the plan, Hochul talked of the policies being significantly more reactive than proactive, as much pollution-related damage has already impacted health in many NYC neighborhoods.
“New York’s communities are repeatedly facing serious consequences as a result of the devastation caused by the global climate crisis, and the stakes have never been higher as we deal with the economic and environmental destruction these extreme weather events leave behind,” Hochul said. The projects “also help us turn the page on New York City’s long-standing dependence on fossil fuels and will ensure millions of New Yorkers, especially those living in our most vulnerable communities, can have the promise of cleaner air and a healthier future,” she went on.
The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will reportedly be the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road.
Earlier this month, Hochul signed legislation banning the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035.
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