New York mayor threatens to fine Trump Organisation over pollution

Leaving the barn door open for de Blasio’s latest pay-to-play scam

Leaving the barn door open for de Blasio’s latest pay-to-play scam

New York City buildings owned by President Donald Trump face annual fines of $2.1 million starting in 2030 unless they are renovated to become more environmentally friendly. "Your polluting buildings are part of the problem", he said.

The mayor, though, was forced to shout for much of his speech amid jeers from a crowd of about a dozen protesters inside the lobby of Trump Tower, which also had music blasting over the speakers.

The biggest potential offender is Trump International Hotel & Tower, a skyscraper looming over the south-west corner of Central Park.

The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street is estimated to face a $164,565 per year.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who's no friend of the president, sought to highlight the Trump Organization's poor environmental track record on Monday by holding a rally at Trump Tower. 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. "Your buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price".

The law on buildings emissions is part of the city's Green New Deal initiative, which aims to reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030 and adhere to the standards of the Paris Agreement, an worldwide pact on climate change from which Trump withdrew the United States. The Climate Mobilization Act mandates buildings larger than 25,000 square feet reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.

But one protester holding an "LGBT for Trump" banner wasn't impressed with the mayor's message and accompanying threats, telling the Post, "This is bullsh**".

NY is not the only major American city to push its own version of the Green New Deal. The city has vowed to divest its pension funds of fossil fuel investments and attempted to sue major oil companies for their role in the climate crisis.

The bill requires large buildings to install new energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems as well as better insulated windows.

The Trump Organization, which includes about 500 businesses in which the president is sole or majority owner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment or to address the level of emissions purported by the city.

Last year, a major United Nations report warned that the world must make an "unprecedented" effort to cut emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and then effectively to zero by 2050 to avoid the worst ravages of climate change, including severe heatwaves, flooding, ruinous storms, and food insecurity.

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