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NYC’s Anti-Oil Mayor Goes All-In On Fossil Fuels During Brutal Winter Storms

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Chris White Tech Reporter

New York City’s infamously anti-oil mayor advised people Saturday afternoon to keep warm inside their fossil fuel-powered homes during this weekend’s winter storm.

Bill de Blasio, a Democratic mayor and die-hard climate activist, told New York citizens on Twitter that they should stay inside their warm homes while the city is pelted with snow. New York gets nearly half of its energy from natural gas.

“A winter storm warning is officially in effect. Travel with caution. Head home if you can. Stay warm and check in on your neighbors,” de Blasio tweeted to his followers who are expecting snowstorms Saturday. Natural gas accounts for about 45 percent of New York’s entire energy mixture. Nuclear power is the second most at 31 percent.


De Blasio sued the five largest oil companies in the U.S. last month for supposedly contributing to climate change that he believes increased the destructive force of Superstorm Sandy. He also suggested his recent divestment action and lawsuit were meant to “help bring the death knell” to the oil industry.

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He has come under fire from media outlets in recent month, including sympathetic ones, for leveling lawsuits against energy companies while also driving around in a fleet of gas-powered SUVs. One economist has already pointed out New York City’s lawsuit is riddled with errors on basic facts.

Environmental activists, meanwhile, supported de Blasio’s suit against oil companies, including Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips. New York is one of nine localities suing energy companies over global warming.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning for large sections of New York state. The warning will stay in effect from 5 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. NWS expects five to seven inches of snow to fall on New York City, among other cities in the Tri-state area.

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