Bill De Blasio Refuses To Answer Questions About His Own Homes’ Energy Efficiency

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is refusing to answer questions about the efficiency levels of his own homes despite mandating that all citizens reduce greenhouse emissions from existing buildings.

De Blasio, a Democrat, announced a series of mandates Sept. 18 forcing citizens in New York City to dramatically revamp their homes and buildings to make them more energy efficient. But he has not answered questions from The New York Times about the efficiency levels of his own properties.

“I cannot tell a lie about being an expert about whether our two very small buildings meet these standards,” De Blasio said at a news conference earlier this month when asked about the efficiency of buildings he owns.

He added: “[W]e have been improving the buildings we’ve been putting energy efficiency elements into them. So, I’d be happy to come back with a clearer answer.”

De Blasio’s press office has not answered repeated requests for additional information about the mayor’s properties. He told reporters Wednesday at a press conference that he would provide more details on his buildings in the future.

The mayor installed a natural gas-powered boiler and hot water heater in one of his buildings, which has not received an Energy Star certification. The Energy Star is part of a federal program that shows an appliance has increased in efficiency.

De Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillip, told reporters that there is a difference between the mayor’s buildings and those the mayor’s policies are targeting. One of his buildings is only about 1,500 square feet while another is about 1,200 square feet, according to city data TheNYT obtained

“Comparing these two scenarios is like comparing the emissions and environmental responsibilities of a semi-truck and a bicycle,” Phillip told reporters. De Blasio’s proposed mandate applies to thousands of apartment buildings and factories containing 25,000 square feet.

New York officials have also declared a desire to make the state almost completely dependent on green energy sources like solar power and wind turbines. Researchers argue such policies would be economically disastrous.

Meeting the New York’s so-called 80 by 50 mandate is unrealistic and could cost consumers more than $1 trillion by 2050, Jonathan Lesser, the president of consulting firm Continental Economics, told The Daily Caller New Foundation in August.

Meeting the standard requires electrifying the state’s entire economy on a massive scale, said Lesser. It’s nearly impossible for state officials to construct the number of wind turbines and solar panels necessary to eliminate the need for fossil fuels, he added.

Even with enormous gains in energy efficiency, the mandate would require installing at least 100,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind generation, or 300,000 MW of solar power capacity by 2050, which is enormous by today’s standards. The U.S. has only about 11,300 MW of new solar power capacity.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    I wonder just how much electricity his Grand Exualted Poo Poo head uses in his vast estate that he hides the same for DiCaprio and what about the Useless Nations themselves whats their monthly electric bill?

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    JayPee

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    Lying hypocrite leftist scum
    whose real name is

    V’air-n’air Veal-hail’m

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    Amber

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    Did they ask who bought him ? The same “renewable ” industry
    grant seekers the little clique of AG lobbyist’s represent no doubt .
    He can’t tell a lie ? No many is closer to the truth . Find out who bankrolled this planet saver and the answer will be clear why he is pumping the retrofit business maybe even a shareholder ?
    New York didn’t become great by following grant seeking parasites and lobbyist’s .

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    Sonnyhill

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    “two very small buildings” . He’s been banging his head in “two very small buildings” .Stupid socialist.

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    Amber

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    And the caption under the photo should read … Who is the stupidest guy in the room ?

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    Tom

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    Thank goodness I don’t live in New York -deBlassio is either stupid and inept or he is being paid off.The people of NY better wake up -this stupidity will destroy the state and your lives.

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    David Lewis

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    We obviously don’t understand a basic concept in climate change. The elite such as Bill De Blasio and Al Gore are exempt from changing their lives to fight climate change. It is the common person or family struggling to make it from pay check to pay check that must make the sacrifices.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Legislation forcing Florida retirement homes to install back-up generators will be enforced rigorously. Solar or wind power won’t cut it. Fossil-fueled generators only. They’re lifesavers.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Al Bore uses 34 times more energy then dose the average american household and yet he demands we all use less he is just as bad as Hollywood director James Cameron who director that AVATAR crap movie and also demands we live with less

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Looks like DeBlasio has a headache that’s what happens to liberals when they try to think too much

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