NYC mayor says he’ll decide this week on presidential run

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2019

But de Blasio's speech was all-but drowned out by a throng of Trump supporters who demonstrated behind him on the building's escalators, booing, whistling, chanting and holding up signs with messages including, "Failed mayor" and 'Worst mayor ever'. Part of the legislation calls for buildings of 25,000 square feet or more, which account for almost a third of the city's carbon emissions, to increase their energy efficiency.

Buildings that fail to meet the marks will be punished by major fines. "We're saying that the Trump Organization is part of the climate crisis, because their buildings are polluting, and President Trump is taking us away from the solutions we need to global warming". The new law, which goes into effect in three days, is a central component of the OneNYC 2050 Green New Deal, a $14 billion effort aiming to cut down 30 percent of greenhouse emissions by 2030.

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).

According to city officials, the president's eight largest NY properties pump out around 27,000 tons of planet-warming gases every year, the equivalent of 5,800 cars. "Cut your emissions or we'll cut something you really care about". Another Trump property, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, faces fines of $850,871 per year.

A Monday rally at Trump Tower was supposed to be a big political statement by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is considering a presidential run, to put President Trump on notice over the city's 'Green New Deal, ' but it backfired on the mayor when Trump supporters heckled him at the press conference.

At least eight New York City buildings that are owned by President Donald Trump or use his brand name could be fined $2.1 million a year by 2030 if they remain out of compliance with recently enacted energy conservation laws, de Blasio said.

But the main facet of the deal is the plan clamp down on emissions from the city's famed skyscrapers with a goal of reducing overall emissions by 40 percent by 2030. "New York City will not survive without a radical action to stop climate change". Instead, he has promoted deregulation of the energy sector, which the president says will foster economic growth.

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.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a plan last month to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

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