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

16 May 2019

"It's important we are all held responsible and President Trump is the Number 1 roadblock globally to us responding to climate change".

The de Blasio administration passed a climate change bill which dramatically limits the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City.

De Blasio said Trump's firm would be hit with seven-figure penalties if it doesn't retrofit eight of its buildings in New York City by 2030.

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Speaking at a podium steps from the spot where Trump announced his own run in 2015, the Democrat said he had come to warn the president that Trump Organization buildings could face a combined $2.1 million in annual fines by 2030 if they don't comply with a new law requiring skyscraper owners to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"This sends a message to landlords across this city that no one is exempt from this bill; not even the president of the United States", de Blasio said during a rally inside the midtown tower where the president has his home and business headquarters. "Cut your emissions or pay the price". The buildings that exceed the new pollution thresholds include Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, and the Trump Building on Wall Street.

Rivera's comments were met with both cheers and boos - the latter from counter-protesters who interrupted the gathering bearing signs that read, "Trump 2020".

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A Monday rally at Trump Tower was supposed to be a big political statement by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is considering a presidential run, to put President Trump on notice over the city's 'Green New Deal, ' but it backfired on the mayor when Trump supporters heckled him at the press conference. "If all these people who support President Trump are opposing what we're doing, we must be doing something right". "We will take your money", he vowed. Clearly, they are uncomfortable with the truth, ' he said. "We will hold you accountable". The Climate Mobilization Act mandates buildings larger than 25,000 square feet reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050. Buildings create nearly 70 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent survey. The new law, which goes into effect in three days, is a central component of the OneNYC 2050 Green New Deal, a $14 billion effort aiming to cut down 30 percent of greenhouse emissions by 2030.

The new regulations on large buildings echo a central plank of the Green New Deal, a federal plan put forward by the NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that calls for retrofitting all buildings for energy efficiency within 10 years.

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