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

Protesters gather as Mayor Bill De Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally At Trump Tower in New York City on May 13 2019

The mayor himself added that they chose the location specifically to "put the president on notice" regarding the harmful emissions caused by his buildings.

De Blasio had originally planned to hold the rally outside the 5th Avenue building but inclement weather forced the group to move inside the building that houses President Donald Trump's Manhattan home, the New York Post reported.

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.

Trump's worst offending building, according to de Blasio, is the Trump International Hotel & Tower at 1 Central Park West, which would pay more than $850,000 if it remains out of compliance with the law in 2030.

De Blasio had to shout to be heard. "Your buildings are part of the problem". We are showing that you can make real, progressive change on the ground here.

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. All premises larger than 25,000 feet - a total of 50,000 buildings - will be required to cut overall emissions 40 percent or face annual fines. "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".

NY has positioned itself as a bulwark against Trump administration attempts to dismantle action to address climate change.

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Trump rejects climate science that links rising temperatures to human consumption of fossil fuels. De Blasio has not yet signed the legislation but is expected to soon.

Trump owns at least eight large buildings in New York City that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the new law.

Ocasio-Cortez said: "Solving our current climate crisis will require leadership and bold ideas".

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

The president's son Eric Trump, who is helping to run the Trump Organization during his father's presidency, responded to de Blasio in a tweet late Monday afternoon.

Last year, a major United Nations report warned that the world must make an "unprecedented" effort to cut emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and then effectively to zero by 2050 to avoid the worst ravages of climate change, including severe heatwaves, flooding, ruinous storms, and food insecurity.

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