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New York City's Dirty 10,000 Get Paid To Clean Up

One percent of the city's buildings spew more soot than all its cars. Now New York has motivated banks to lend to landlords so they can clean up.


In America's largest city, buildings pollute more than cars. It's not a matter of numbers though, it's a matter of clean fuel, or the lack of it.

Just one percent of buildings in New York still burn heavy forms of heating oil, but those 10,000 polluters spew more soot than all the vehicle traffic in the whole city. "Upgrading these buildings to cleaner heating fuel is the single largest step New Yorkers can take to solve local air pollution,” Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement.

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