New York mayor threatens to fine Trump Organization over pollution

Protesters gather as Mayor Bill De Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally At Trump Tower in New York City on May 13 2019

After hitting the 40 percent mark in 2030, buildings will be required to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

"They're scared of the truth", he said. He said the decision to hold a rally in the lobby of Trump Tower was independent of any presidential ambitions and he promised to name other potential violators publicly in the future.

Buildings that fail to meet the marks will be punished by major fines. "Cut your emissions or we'll cut something you really care about". City officials estimated that the Trump organization would owe upwards of $2.1 million annually starting in 2030 if it does not retrofit the eight buildings it owns in the city.

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).

"The bill that passed...will fall short of achieving the 40 x 30 reduction by only including half of the city's building stock", Real Estate Board of New York President John H. Banks said in a statement.

"He's a problem because his buildings are among the biggest polluters in New York City", said de Blasio, who has confronted the president time and again over issues ranging from global warming to immigration. The building is on course to be fined $850,871 a year.

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"The good performers won't have to pay any penalties but anything above the threshold has a lot of work to do now", said Mark Chambers, director of the mayor's office of sustainability.

US President Donald Trump's business empire will have to pay a heavy price for pollution caused by Trump-owned buildings in NY.

NY has positioned itself as a bulwark against Trump administration attempts to dismantle action to address climate change.

"We will do what's necessary to combat the climate crisis. New York City is providing both with its Green New Deal". 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. While deflecting a question about what he brings to a possible campaign as a straight, white male in an increasingly diverse Democratic party, de Blasio did say that he would announce once and for all whether or not he would launch a presidential campaign this week.

The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.

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