NY to Trump: Cut your emissions or pay the price

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

Under New York City's Green New Deal, which was passed last month, buildings of 25,000 square feet or more must reduce emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels.

"My message to the president is simple - respect New Yorkers, pay attention to what your own home town is going through, fix your buildings, and while you are at it, fix your policies, rejoin the Paris Agreement, make the United States of America a leader on fighting global warming, not a follower", the mayor said. We are showing that you can make real, progressive change on the ground here. Flanked by supporters holding "NYC Green New Deal" signs, de Blasio, who is weighing a 2020 White House bid, declared that he was putting the president's family business on notice for not cutting greenhouse emissions. After hitting the 40 percent mark in 2030, buildings will be required to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower faces the most fines and will receive an annual penalty of nearly $851,000 in 2030 if renovations are not made, the statement said.

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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is blowing hot air towards President Donald Trump, warning The Don that his properties are pumping excessive greenhouse gas emissions, which could result in millions of dollars in fines.

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 building is on course to be fined $850,871 a year. "It's clear the president needs to pay attention to this, it's a lot of money".

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

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

Trump rejects climate science that links rising temperatures to human consumption of fossil fuels. The plan will ban new glass buildings deemed "inefficient" and strive for carbon neutrality by 2050.

Eight of Trump's buildings in the city fail to meet the 2030 emissions standards, releasing about 27,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year, or the amount produced by 5,800 cars, de Blasio's office said.

New York's new climate regulations have been opposed by some developers who complain it will hamper the construction of large, dense buildings and deter energy-hungry tenants such as media and technology companies.

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