For many New Yorkers facing scorching temperatures in the midst of a brutal heat wave, perhaps that was too much to ask.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called on city residents to try to limit their electricity use to avoid power outages.
“We need New Yorkers to act IMMEDIATELY,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “Reduce your electricity use in your home or business for the rest of the day. We must avoid power interruptions during this heat emergency. “
“The extreme heat will hopefully break early tomorrow [Thursday] morning, “he wrote in a subsequent post. Let’s get to this point safely.”
At a press conference, de Blasio called on New Yorkers to reduce their use of air conditioning as well as washers, dryers and appliances, Newsweek reported.
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John Scrivani, New York City’s emergency management commissioner, told reporters the city had previously experienced a power outage in a Brooklyn neighborhood that left 1,700 residents without power, according to the report.
Some Twitter users noted that in April New York state saw the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant just north of the city, after nearly 60 years of operation.
Others have questioned whether de Blasio would make the same demand for sacrifice with high-energy consumers such as those who operate the many advertisements in Manhattan’s Times Square.
“It’s reprehensible that you’d rather people can’t breathe, rather than obscuring unnecessary things like electrical advertisements / signs,” one Twitter user wrote. “Businesses can get a refund / credit. People can’t be brought back from the dead. Close offices, make people in mansions pick a room.”
“Absolutely ashamed” another wrote. “Is it NYC or a North Korean province.”
“Baby my apartment is 80 degrees WITH the air conditioners on right now, the lights off and the curtains on all the windows. How about some other things to turn off, right?”
“You downgraded your network by shutting down Indian Point for no reason”, another user wrote. “In Tennessee, we run on nuclear power and we don’t have to shut off more than 90 degrees a day – which is almost every day in the summer here.”
Earlier in the week, de Blasio – who will step down in the coming months due to the term limitation – faced an awkward silence after trying to crack jokes at a press conference alongside Tuesday by Caroline Hirsch, founder of the Carolines on Broadway comedy club in the city.
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“I just want to volunteer, I have an amazing new act where I just eat live food.… It’s kind of like modern art and comedy together,” De Blasio said.
“Will you give me an audition?” he asked Hirsch. “I really think I’ve found my next act. Including ? Including ? It was funny, wasn’t it? he said, causing only Hirsch to laugh.
Last Saturday, de Blasio was mocked online after posting a photo of himself in a boisterous summer shirt, plus a hat and sunglasses.
“The future of New York is so bright that I have to wear sunglasses!” he tweeted, borrowing the words from an old pop song.
Townspeople were quick to remind de Blasio of the growing crime problem in the town – which is causing many of them to move elsewhere.
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