Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

NYC mayor says he'll decide on presidential run this week

NYC mayor says he'll decide on presidential run this week

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 global pact on climate change from which Trump withdrew the United States. After hitting the 40 percent mark in 2030, buildings will be required to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Mayor de Blasio recently unveiled his Green New Deal to reduce carbon emissions in New York City.

"It's so nice of them to serenade us here at Trump Tower, but clearly, they're uncomfortable about the truth", the mayor said of the expletive-laced jeering and brassy Frank Sinatra tunes pouring over the sound system.

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

Donald Trump's reluctance to address climate change is set to cost his business empire millions of dollars in fines levied by New York City due to the amount of pollution emitted by Trump-owned buildings.

The mayor asserted that the city's new greenhouse gas-combating initiative "begins with this building right here", even though he admitted that the president's former company is not the city's worst carbon offender. "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 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. The building is on course to be fined $850,871 a year if no improvements are made to its energy efficiency.

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. 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.

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**". In New York City, we're perfectly tough. "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".

Keeping to NYC, De Blasio's $14 billion deal would cut down greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

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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