Green New Deal for everyone but de Blasio
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In the absence of federal leadership on climate change, New York City has taken the lead on its own version of the Green New Deal.

The City Council, led by Councilman Costa Constantinides, passed bold measures to curb carbon emissions and encourage investment in alternative energy.

The Climate Mobilization Act even received praise from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted that she was proud of the “grassroots organizers and officials behind this momentous passage.”

On Monday, Mayor de Blasio got in on the action, proclaiming that the city’s Green New Deal, with $14 billion in new investments, legislation and action, will ensure a 30 percent additional reduction in emissions by 2030.

He even went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to tout the plan ahead of a possible presidential run.

But instead of receiving heaping praise, journalist Jonathan Lemire questioned how de Blasio’s daily 11-mile trip from Gracie Mansion in the Upper East Side to the Park Slope YMCA helps the environment.

De Blasio countered that no matter where he goes in the city, he has a security detail that follows him in their black cars either way.

“So let’s be clear, this is just part of my life,” the mayor said.

Simply put, de Blasio is not leading by example. In a press conference two weeks ago, Hizzoner admitted to being an “obsessive recycler.” He bragged that he goes around City Hall late at night turning the lights off.

But if he wants to take credit for that, whether it’s a joke or not, he has to do better with his obsession with his daily trips to the gym.

On MSNBC, de Blasio said going to the Y is his way of “staying connected to where I’m from.”

Mr. Mayor, there must be a better way. For the sake of our environment, find one.
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