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- Mayoral candidate Eric Adams unveiled a plan to build wind turbines and manufacturing plants at ports throughout New York City.
- The plan aims to help meet clean energy goals and produce new jobs for residents.
- New York has a goal of using 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams unveiled an ambitious new plan that aims to build wind turbines and their manufacturing plants at ports throughout New York City.
“New York City has always been a hub for innovation, new ideas, and progressive thinking. There is no reason New York City shouldn’t be a leader in wind power. We have the resources and we can foster the talent — we just have not had the leadership to get it done,” Adams said, according to the New York Post.
The current Brooklyn borough president revealed his plan on Wednesday, stating waterfront factories would design, produce and ship the materials needed to build the wind farms, helping create eco-friendly jobs for residents in the process.
“With forward thinking and smart planning, the wind power industry can be a tailwind for our new economy as we emerge stronger from COVID-19,” Adams said. “And, most importantly, since we are building this new industry from scratch in New York, we can ensure that the jobs and prosperity that comes from it goes to the lower-income communities and communities of color that are struggling the most..”
Some sites for the turbines include Arthur Kill and Port Richmond in Staten Island, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and at the Red Hook Container Terminal.
Adams also believes the plan will aid the city in reaching its goal of using 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a zero-emission power sector by 2040, as his plan steers them away from the use of fossil fuels.
His plan includes adding job-training programs to the curriculums at Career and Technical Education high schools and the City University off New York campuses, organizing a team comprised of industry experts from areas such as the Department of Environmental Protection, and putting city dollars toward infrastructure to reinforce ports to assist in the production of wind energy plants.
“If we do this right, we will create one of the city’s largest industries from scratch, adding thousands of good jobs and hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars to our local economy in the coming years,” Adams said.
Maybe Adam’s idea will take off like the wind.
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