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NYC Mayor Warns: Trump’s towers face more than $2 million in fines under city’s Green New Deal

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has warned president Donald Trump that he could be fined up to $2.1 million if he doesn’t retrofit his towers in the city to meet new environmental targets.

De Blasio issued notice to the president that eight of his residential and hotel towers do not comply with the environmental goals of the New York City Green New Deal – a major new initiative to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump could face fines of up to $2.1 million (£1.6 million) every year from 2030 if the structures aren’t amended to meet new standards.

“President Trump – you’re on notice,” said De Blasio. “Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price.”

Trump towers among “biggest polluters in New York City”

The mayor held a rally at Trump Tower yesterday to promote the New York City Green New Deal, which was passed last month. The initiative is taking a major stance against the city’s high-rises, which account for nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions.

This includes a mandate for landlords to retrofit high-rises or face large fines, set to come into effect 17 May. Trump, who was a prolific real-estate developer prior to becoming president, is highlighted as a key target.