Donald Trump buildings face millions in climate fines

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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. Roughly 70 percent of NYC's greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to energy usage from its more than 1 million buildings. Clearly, they are uncomfortable with the truth, ' he said.

The new standards, hailed by advocates as the toughest action by any city on climate change so far, takes aim at the biggest source of greenhouse gases in NY, where buildings account for more than two-thirds of emissions. He joked that it was "so nice of them to serenade us".

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

The message was supposed to be delivered in front of the iconic tower, but, as de Blasio put it, the weather failed to "cooperate", so he was forced to make his threats in Trump territory.

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. President Trump - you're on notice.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a public event Monday to tout his own record on climate change, but protesters quickly turned it into a spectacle.

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

"He's a problem because his buildings are among the biggest polluters in New York City", said de Blasio, who has confronted the president time and again over issues ranging from global warming to immigration. Just like we've seen cities all over America pick up on our Pre-K plan, or Vision Zero, or our affordable housing plan. "If people want to offer their opposition, it doesn't change me one bit", he said.

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

Buildings are responsible for almost 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city, the mayor's office said in a statement.

De Blasio told the gathered crowd that he planned to announce his decision on a potential 2020 presidential bid in the next week and told reporters that the protesters didn't bother him. The law, which takes effect May 17, compels owners of residential and commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters), to install new boilers, air conditioners, windows and insulation in order to meet sharp carbon-emission reductions.

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