Saturday, 17 August, 2019

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

Protesters gather as Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally at Trump Tower in New York City Protesters gather as Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally at Trump Tower in New York City
Patty Aguilar | 16 May, 2019, 11:56

Protestors heckled New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday during a news conference at Trump Tower while he promoted his Green New Deal.

Eight Trump properties will have to reduce their emissions over the next decade to avoid the fines, the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press release.

However, 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".

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.

New York City's $14 billion "Green New Deal" aims to reduce emissions by roughly 30 percent.

In April, New York City passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a package of 10 bills aimed at keeping the city compliant with carbon reduction goals outlined in the Paris accord. 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. This means the Trump Organization is on track to be hit with fines of $2.1 mllion every year from 2030, unless its buildings are made more environmentally friendly. "Cut your emissions or we'll cut something you really care about: We'll take your money". Trump Park Avenue at 502 Park Avenue could face $126,316 fine per year.

"His buildings are one of the biggest polluters in New York City", de Blasio said.

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"We will do what's necessary to combat the climate crisis".

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.

NY is not the only major American city to push its own version of the Green New Deal.

Trump rejects climate science that links rising temperatures to human consumption of fossil fuels.

The management shake-up was one requirement of the deal de Blasio signed in January with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which put NYCHA under partial federal control and a new federal watchdog.

De Blasio told his supporters he plans to hold the Trump Organization accountable for what he claims it is doing to harm the environment.

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