New York passes world’s largest carbon reduction effort to combat climate crisis

New York passed the Climate Mobilization Act on Thursday, which is the world's "largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward."

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In a bold package of bills, New York City Council passes 10 provisions to help fight against the climate crisis. New York passed the Climate Mobilization Act on Thursday, which is the world’s “largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward.”

In a 45-2 vote, the Climate Mobilization Act is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Common Dreams reported.

“The bills will be the largest single reduction effort that any city has put forward,” City Councilman Keith Powers said.

As grassroots movements are on the rise and the popularity of the Green New Deal picks up momentum, New York’s move is being hailed as “a model for real climate leadership for the rest of the country and world,” Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, the North American director for 350.org, said.

Of the 10 bills in the legislation, the city is demanding a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings,” Common Dreams reported. Real estate interests opposed the act because such a high reduction comes with many high associated costs, yet they were unsuccessful in their attempts.

“It’s a new day,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said on Twitter.

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