Mayor de Blasio: Take Immediate Action to Protect NYC's Air
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I am a father and a lifelong resident of West Harlem in NYC, which has been my family’s home for almost 90 years. I am also the Deputy Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a grassroots organization that mobilizes low-income residents and people of color to take action on clean air, climate justice, and healthy indoor environments for ALL New Yorkers.
Growing up in Harlem, I have seen how dirty fossil fuels are not only drivers of climate change, but contribute to some of the nation’s highest rates of asthma and associated health problems in neighborhoods like the South Bronx and East Harlem.
Please sign our petition asking Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the City Council to quickly phase out the dangerous home heating oils which pollute New York City’s air.
Over 75% of NYC’s contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the energy we use everyday in our buildings and many older buildings in New York, and throughout the Northeast, still rely on dirty heating oil. Heating oil is very similar in chemical makeup to diesel fuel, which contains particulates like sulfur, which are dangerous to our health.
In 2012, WE ACT for Environmental Justice was one of the leading groups pushing NYC and Mayor Bloomberg to require landlords to clean up the dirty home heating oils that were spewing into people’s homes and triggering respiratory illnesses like asthma. We also advocated to make sure that landlords couldn’t file for Major Capital Improvements (MCI) and raise rents.
While the phasing out of the dirtiest oil, No. 6, has been highly successful and saved hundreds of lives every year, it is time to speed up the deadline for property owners to phase out all No. 4 heating oil too. A NYC bill called “Intro 1465" would require that the timeline for the phase out of Number 4 oil be moved up from 2030 to 2025. That means they still have 8 years to clean up their act!
New York must continue to lead the way on cleaner air and greenhouse gas reductions, and expediting the removal of No. 4 heating oil is a simple, yet impactful way to do it. Please sign your name and share the petition to tell Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Viverito, and NY City Council you agree.
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