Friday, September 17, 2021

NYC Council Member Promotes ‘Gas Ban Bill’

Alika Empry-Samuel, a council member representing New York’s District 41, gave a speech related to a new bill she’s sponsoring to ban gas in the city.

Representatives from New York’s Passive House, the American Institute of Architects-New York, and Alloy Development also voiced their support for the bill in front of a 44-story building on Flatbush Avenue on September 13, which they said was a building block.

District 41 comprises a range of mostly black neighborhoods and is located in East Brooklyn.

“It’s my goal to see Bill No. 2317 pass in NY City Council before it goes into December,” said Empry-Samuel, “because we need to make sure that this bill, the gas ban bill, becomes law in New York City.” “

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NYC Council member Alika Empri-Samuel at a meeting on Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York on September 13, 2021 (Enrico Trigoso/The Epoch Times)

“This law will effectively prohibit the use of gas-powered heating systems in new construction or full gut renovations in NYC. Our mayor and city want to be carbon-free by 2050,” he said, “this bill will ensure makes the necessary parameter that we meet that goal”

He highlighted that New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill last week that would make all passenger vehicles sold in New York City emissions-free by 2035.

“Our president, President Biden, aims to create a carbon-free, pollution-free power sector by 2035 and a net-zero emissions economy by 2050,” he said. “So we’re talking about the goals of the city, the governor, and the president of the United States. I don’t know why I’m constantly being asked ‘Is this possible in New York City.'”

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“Obviously it is possible because it has to happen,” Empre-Samuel said.

In relation to the bill, New York’s Real Estate Board Chairman James Whelan said the reduction of fossil fuels in buildings is “plausible,” but it requires “serious planning and a data-driven approach to ensure they are achieved.” are doable and will help us reach our shared climate goals.”

“A number of advisory groups, including the city’s Local Law 97 Advisory Board and the state’s Climate Action Council, are currently working through this challenge and considering a significantly different and more thoughtful approach. This legislation ignores these ongoing real discussions. and instead puts forward a fundamentally flawed proposition that would impact the lives of millions of New York City residents and significantly increase costs for homeowners and renters,” Wheelen said.

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“Moreover, this proposal will not effectively reduce carbon emissions as the city’s electricity will continue to be derived almost entirely from fossil fuels when this proposal is implemented and for many years thereafter,” he added. .

Enrico Trigoso

Enrico Trigoso is an Epoch Times reporter with a focus on the NYC area.

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NYC Council Member Promotes 'Gas Ban Bill'
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