He’ll Make You Green with Envy
Rudy Giuliani isn't easily intimidated on the environment


Deroy Murdock

“My administration’s clear priority in this area is to see that the lights stay on and that electricity continues to flow in New York City,” Giuliani said in a March 27, 2001, power-policy address. “There is no room for complacency as we prepare for the future.” He added: “The City should continue its support of deregulation because, in the long-run, the free market will do the best job of ensuring that New Yorkers get dependable, affordable, and cleaner electricity.”

“The spectacular economic growth that has occurred over the past half-dozen years means that New Yorkers are consuming more electricity. This is fundamentally a good thing,” Giuliani continued. “If New York City’s record job growth enables a family of recent immigrants living in Washington Heights to afford an air conditioner so that they can be more comfortable during the summer months, that is a good thing as well. Everyone needs adequate power to maintain and further improve their quality of life.”

Intriguingly, Giuliani also said: “While cost-effective energy conservation is important, we need to recognize that conservation alone cannot eliminate the need for new power plants located here in New York City.”

This statement violates the First Commandment of Kyotoism: “Thou shalt chop CO2 emissions to 1990 levels.” Good luck expanding an economy with, essentially, 17-year-old energy-consumption targets.

Giuliani also privatized the management of Central Park. While the city still owns Gotham’s gorgeous 843-acre rectangle of flora, bike paths, lakes, lawns, and stages, the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit, operates it. For New York, this idea was as radical as an American president asking the National Geographic Society to manage Yellowstone National Park.

Today, Giuliani advocates broader domestic production to achieve energy independence as a national-security goal. As he told supporters March 14 at New York’s Sheraton Hotel: “We have to end our reliance on oil from sources that are enemies of the United States.” Last June 13, he told a Manhattan Institute luncheon, “We have to diversify. That’s our strength. You can be independent by being diversified.” Giuliani embraces Alaskan oil drilling, plus natural gas, clean coal, ethanol, and accelerated construction of atomic power plants.

None of this will help America’s Mayor with the eco-freaks, but they hate him anyway. These facts, however, pour yet another spade full of earth on the myth that Rudolph W. Giuliani is some sort of liberal.