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NY to Trump: Cut your emissions or pay the price

16 May 2019

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. Along with the humor, the mayor also tried some tough talk: "They're scared of the truth", he declared. Mayor de Blasio recently unveiled his Green New Deal to reduce carbon emissions in New York City.

"They're just music to my ears, because it means we're doing something important in New York City", he said.

"We will not let you mortgage our future for your real estate", de Blasio continued.

De Blasio said Trump's buildings in the city could face a combined $2.1 million in annual fines if they don't reduce emissions by 2030.

Federal authorities and de Blasio were initially supposed to have agreed on a new chairman and CEO for the scandal-rocked authority in April, but have now extended the deadline by a total of 90 days, to July 1.

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 will take what you really care about", de Blasio said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks inside Trump Tower about New York's version of the Green New Deal as protesters and supporters of President Trump ride the escalators behind him.

Trump Tower faces a fine of $469,848 per year if no improvements are made, the mayor's office statement said. "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".

'One of the things you have to be when you're mayor is unflappable, ' he said. The city plans to be carbon neutral by 2050.

According to a report in the Guardian Monday, eight Trump Organization buildings in New York City are pumping out roughly 27,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.

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

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.

NY to Trump: Cut your emissions or pay the price