Mayor Mike Tries to Be Green

Bloomberg had sought to cast himself as a national environmental leader

Thursday, Apr 9, 2009  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Mayor Mike Tries to Be Green

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway after voting on election day November 8, 2005 in New York City. According to a recent poll, Bloomberg has a 38-point lead over Democratic mayoral challenger Fernando Ferrer. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants wind-powered city buildings and a green Empire State Building, but admits that the only way he saves energy at his private homes is by using efficient light bulbs.

The billionaire mayor says he also turns off lights that aren't being used and likes to open windows when it is warm instead of using air-conditioning.
    
In addition to a Manhattan townhouse, Bloomberg owns homes in upstate New York, Colorado, Florida, Bermuda and London.
    
Bloomberg had sought to cast himself as a national environmental leader when he was testing his appeal as an independent presidential candidate for 2008.
    
He acknowledges that he uses a lot of energy, but tries to "make it as little as possible."
 

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