New York mayor threatens to fine Trump Organization over pollution

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's press conference Monday promoting his version of the "Green New Deal", which will "ban classic glass and steel skyscrapers" among other "inefficient" things, didn't go as planned on Monday after the progressive mayor was forced to take the presser into the public lobby of Trump Tower - where protesters and trolling Trump employees took the opportunity to send a message to the "worst mayor ever". Buildings create nearly 70 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent survey.

"It's so nice of them to serenade us at Trump Tower".

Rivera's comments were met with both cheers and boos - the latter from counter-protesters who interrupted the gathering bearing signs that read, "Trump 2020". The building is on course to be fined $850,871 a year if no improvements are made to its energy efficiency. Along with the humor, the mayor also tried some tough talk: "They're scared of the truth", he declared. 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. "It's important we are all held responsible and President Trump is the Number 1 roadblock globally to us responding to climate change".

According to data shared with the Guardian, eight Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations created to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

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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.

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. De Blasio has set a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. "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".

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

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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