Written on: September 28, 2016 by ICM
BY Jennifer Fermino, New York Daily News—
A City Council bill to increase levels of biodiesel fuel in home heating oil — which supporters say will make the city greener — passed a key hurdle that will allow it to come to a full vote Wednesday.
The legislation overwhelmingly passed the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee Tuesday, with a vote of 4-1.
If it passes the full Council as expected, it will require home heating oil to be blended with at least 5% biodiesel oil — like soybean or vegetable oil — by next year.
The blend will boost to 20% by 2034, a huge amount that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same rate as taking 175,000 cars off the road, according to sponsor City Councilman Costa Constantinides.
The Queens Democrat also said that home heating costs won’t go up, since biodiesel blended oils are cheaper or the same as petroleum oils.
Councilman Eric Ulrich, the sole dissenting vote on the committee to oppose the legislation, said he voted no because he doesn’t think it is about the environment.
“This bill is the textbook definition of crony capitalism,” said Ulrich, saying Mayor de Blasio’s “donors and political allies” will benefit from it.
Billionaire John Catsimatidis, who has donated to de Blasio pet causes, owns a biodiesel plant in Brooklyn.
“The biodiesel bill is good for New York City, its residents and our environment. Those who think otherwise simply don’t understand the issue,” Catsimatidis said.
Article courtesy of New York Daily News