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Manufacturers Respond to NYC Mayor’s Comments Assailing Skyscrapers Over Climate Change

Washington, D.C. — Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s comment that buildings are “the number-one cause of emissions” in New York City:

“Mayor de Blasio’s recent comment that the number-one cause of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City is its buildings underscores the very reason his lawsuit blaming America’s energy manufacturers for global climate change is baseless. As this comment suggests, global climate change is a society-wide issue that cannot be blamed—legally or morally—on any one industry. Mayor de Blasio should work with manufacturers on serious, innovative solutions that can modernize New York’s buildings and other parts of its infrastructure. Collaboration and innovation—not politically motivated litigation—is the only way to tackle this critical challenge.”


The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at