New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio staged a chaotic press event Monday in the lobby of Trump Tower in which he said he will announce this week whether he's running for president. Trump Tower will pay almost $470,000 unless improvements are made. He's also said he intends to take the US out of the Paris climate agreement - a promise House Democrats symbolically attempted to block by passing a doomed pro-climate bill earlier this month.
'President Trump, you're on notice. "Cut your emissions or we'll cut something you really care about: We'll take your money".
At times it was hard to hear the mayor: his protest was countered by a score of pro-Trump protesters who shouted "This is not my mayor!" and waved banners reading "Trump 2020" and "worst mayor ever" as they went up and down the escalators. De Blasio had to shout to be heard. "Clearly, they are uncomfortable with the truth", he said. "Anyone that has a problem with saving the planet, I have a problem with them".
The Democrat held an official event at Trump Tower Monday to tout the energy-efficiency standards for buildings the City Council passed last month.
Under a deal that President Trump struck with the city decades ago, Trump Tower's lobby is considered a public space for much of each day.
The management shake-up was one requirement of the deal de Blasio signed in January with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which put NYCHA under partial federal control and a new federal watchdog. While in most parts of the United States transportation is the source of most greenhouse gases, in New York City buildings are our main source of emissions.
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.
Almost 70 percent of New York City's greenhouse gas emissions come from its buildings. "If you don't do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as $1 million or more for the biggest buildings". These megastructures are just two percent of real estate in the city but are responsible for half of building emissions.
"One of the things you have to be when you're mayor is unflappable", he said. In New York City, we're perfectly tough. "We're taking climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050".