An Analysis of the City of “Yes for Carbon Neutrality,” or City of “Yes, I Want to Be a Slave”

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams’ “Everything you need to know about the latest proposal in ‘City of Yes,’” spotlights one of the latest schemes to capture property rights via carbon neutrality.

What is carbon neutrality? According to the European Parliament, it “is reached when the same amount of CO2 is released into the atmosphere as it is removed by various means, leaving a zero balance, also known as a zero-carbon footprint.”

To illustrate that concept better, we had a carbon neutral world up until the 1800s when crude oil and fossil fuels were discovered. These landmark advancements brought about developments in our lives, including automobiles, gas and electric appliances, phones, computers and just about anything else you could name. Green energy simply cannot produce the equipment needed to supply these modern tools. 

“‘City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality’ would modernize our city’s zoning regulations to support our climate goals,” the article reads.

In reality, city zoning plans are no longer about what is best for residents. They’re about removing these residents’ carbon footprints, just shy of removing their existences permanently (for now).

 “The world is facing a climate emergency. To respond, cities across the globe — including New York City — have set ambitious goals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve our goals by 2050, we need to transform our energy grid, retrofit our buildings, and shift to electric vehicles, transit and other modes,” the article continued.

If you question my remark about doing away with the residents to achieve carbon neutrality, don’t worry, there will be a hierarchy.

 “The Department of City Planning (NYC Planning) is working with the Department of Buildings (DOB), New York City Fire Department (FDNY), and Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) on this proposal to clear the way for the many green investments needed in our buildings.”

Getting rid of carbon-based fuels will make energy far more expensive. Further, green power can only provide energy; it cannot be used to make things. Only carbon-based fuels generate new materials. However, I guess we don’t need many new products, as Klaus Schwab keeps telling us, “You will own nothing and be happy.” 

If you own nothing, and particularly, if you have no claims to private property, you are a slave. This is the ultimate intended outcome of the non-existent, manufactured “climate emergency.”

“City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality will help us decarbonize NYC. ‘Decarbonize’ means reducing our reliance on carbon-based fuels, which are harming our health and our planet. Updating our zoning rules will make it easier to install green energy technology. City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality would modernize NYC’s zoning rules to make our homes, businesses, electric power grid and even waste streams much cleaner,” the article continued.

Fantastic! Your buildings may be flimsily built, or even retrofitted to be carbon neutral, but like a Potekin City, it will appear similar to your old neighborhood.

“City of Yes would address burdensome restrictions on wall thickness, height, and other regulations that limit building electrification and retrofitting. Our buildings could get energy efficient upgrades while maintaining the look and feel of New York’s neighborhoods.”

And you think your taxes are high now!  Just wait.

“Among other impacts, these changes would support environmentally friendly retrofits for over 50,000 buildings, including over 1 million homes, that are not currently feasible to retrofit today.”

While far too many do not understand the underlying dangers of carbon neutrality, including the degradation – and even destruction — of human, animal, and plant life, they do understand the dangers to the culture

“Residents located in suburban neighborhoods in particular have expressed fears that the proposed changes will alter the character of their communities.

The following quote is one of the posted complaints about the plan I found.

“Imagine bustling massage parlors and late-night corner stores popping up on your quiet street corner. The ‘City of Yes’ could turn peaceful residential areas into commercial zones, driving up noise, traffic and congestion. This rapid, unregulated development could also push property values and rents sky-high, displacing long-time residents who can no longer afford their own homes. Remember the recent uproar over migrants at Creedmoor? They’re just one example of our Eastern Queens communities worried about losing their cherished sense of suburbia.’” 

While we watch carbon neutrality and net-zero get plugged into every city, people need to understand a couple things. Firstly, even if green energy sources could provide us with the energy we need, few will be able to afford what it will cost. I’m not exaggerating; the ramifications will be sky-high. Secondly, we must have and use carbon fuels to produce the mechanisms that supply power, including wind turbines, solar panels, stoves and operating room equipment. Green energy will never be able to do that

Carbon neutrality is just one of the thousands of weapons being used against us in the asymmetrical warfare of Cancel Culture.To fight better, we need to be working together. Join a Freedom Pod today, or start one in your neighborhood so you can better counter these attacks on our God-given constitutional rights.

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Kathleen Marquardt

Kathleen Marquardt has been in the freedom movement since before it was called that. She was founder and chairman of Putting People First, a non-profit organization combatting the animal rights movement. Her book, AnimalScam: the Beastly Abuse of Human Rights, was published by Regnery in 1993. In 1990, she became the emcee for the annual Wise Use Conference. She has testified before state legislatures, appeared on national television, spearheaded opposition to legislative initiatives, become involved in lawsuits, contributed to a number of books, been vilified in other books and articles, and has spoken to thousands across the country. She has written materials for distribution in schools, and her book AnimalScam was used in universities as a textbook. She was a contributing writer and researcher for Freedom Advocates, and her articles appear on numerous websites. She has been Vice President of American Policy Center since 2000.