De Blasio misses deadline to hire NYCHA chair - again

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2019

As president, Donald Trump cares very little about climate change and the pollutants that make it worse.

According to a report from Politico, protesters also raised questions about the fact that Trump was the only landlord de Blasio could name who was not compliant with his proposed NYC Green New Deal, and about his continued use of motorcades for travel.

If you're a high-profile Democrat looking to convince voters that you'll get tough on President Trump, there's no better place to deliver that message than on the president's home turf - except, perhaps, if you're New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and that turf is a hastily erected podium in front of the escalators at Trump Tower. This translates to the Trump Organisation paying fines of $2.1m every year from 2030, unless its buildings are made more environmentally friendly.

De Blasio said he did not mind the protesters and added that it was "so nice for them to serenade us". "Cut your emissions or pay the price".

The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street is estimated to face a $164,565 per year.

As he spoke, Trump supporters demonstrated behind him on the building's escalators, booing, whistling, chanting and holding up signs reading "Worst mayor ever".

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The mayor, who is rumored to be planning a 2020 presidential run, held a rally outside Trump Tower on Monday to promote New York City's Green New Deal. "We will take your money". Clearly, they are uncomfortable with the truth, ' he said.

The grinning de Blasio again told reporters he is still unsure whether he will run for president himself. "We're making it very clear-it doesn't matter who you are, even the President of the United States has to abide by the law of this city".

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.

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 deal is actually a package of 10 bills meant to curb carbon emissions in the country's largest city by carrying out measures that will be "the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030", according to New York City's Committee for Environmental Protection Chair Costa Constantinides. The plan will ban new glass buildings deemed "inefficient" and strive for carbon neutrality by 2050.

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