Emissions From Trump’s NYC Properties Could Lead to Millions in Fines

De Blasio mocked by protesters at raucous Green New Deal rally inside Trump Tower

Emissions From Trump’s NYC Properties Could Lead to Millions in Fines

The New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, will hold a rally outside Trump Tower seeking to highlight looming penalties. While in most parts of the United States transportation is the source of most greenhouse gases, in New York City buildings are our main source of emissions. "This is the city that has suffered because of global warming and we are still vulnerable", said de Blasio, referencing the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Supporters flanked the mayor holding "NYC Green New Deal" posters, occasionally offering chants of "Our planet not your profit!" while pro-Trump protesters lingered around the edges shouting expletives and waving handmade signs that read "Trump 2020" and "Worst Mayor Ever."

Trump Tower faces a fine of $469,848 per year if no improvements are made, the mayor's office statement said. Roughly 70 percent of NYC's greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to energy usage from its more than 1 million buildings.

Buildings that fail to meet the marks will be punished by major fines.

De Blasio expanded municipal climate policies by outlining his city-level "Green New Deal" (not to be confused with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's own statewide version, or Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's much-discussed federal Green New Deal, which in its most clearly formed iteration is still just a non-binding resolution).

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De Blasio had originally planned to hold the rally outside the 5th Avenue building but inclement weather forced the group to move inside the building that houses President Donald Trump's Manhattan home, the New York Post reported.

City officials said the president's eight largest NY properties pump out around 27,000 tons of planet-warming gases every ear. "Cut your emissions or pay the price".

Mayor Bill de Blasio won't say whether he's running for the White House, but wants everybody to know he's taking on President Donald Trump. In New York City, we're perfectly tough. The aim is to make the city carbon neutral by 2050 with an emphasis on forcing all private and public building owners to modernize their infrastructure. "With flames on our hillsides and floods in our streets, cities can not wait another moment to confront the climate crisis with everything we've got".

The grinning de Blasio again told reporters he is still unsure whether he will run for president himself.

The president's son Eric Trump, who is helping to run the Trump Organization during his father's presidency, responded to de Blasio in a tweet late Monday afternoon.

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