The Bank of America Tower claims to be Manhattan's greenest skyscraper: It has LEED Platinum certification and counts Al Gore as a tenant. Only one problem: New data show the tower "uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan," writes Sam Roudman. "It's not just an embarrassment; it symbolizes a flaw at the heart of the effort to combat climate change," Roudman argues. Scot Horst of the U.S. Green Building Council responds that the Bank of America Tower "removes stress from the existing electric infrastructure far more effectively than comparable buildings."

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