The Trump Organisation will be hit with fines of more than $AU3 million a year from 2030 for the eight New York buildings which do not comply with city regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The Guardian reported.
That news site’s US division was given access to data from city officials which say the eight properties in the “Big Apple” pump out about 27,000 tons of gases — equal to the emission from about 5800 cars.
If the regulations were in place today, the biggest fine would be given to the near-177 metre high Trump International Hotel and Tower adjacent to Central Park, which would be forced to pay $AU1.22 million a year.
The other buildings exceeding the pollution limit are Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and the Trump Building on Wall Street.
The New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been earmarked as a Democratic presidential hopeful in the 2020 election, staged a protest inside Trump Tower on Monday in response to the revelations.
Three weeks after adopting a law that requires buildings of more than 2300sq m to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, Mr De Blasio looked to be positioning himself at the head of the fight against global warming.
“Clearly, the Trump Organisation is a little sensitive to the fact that we’re calling them out for what they are doing to the climate and the way this building is a part of the problem. But we will not back down. We don’t back down in New York City, do we?,” Mr De Blasio asked, stirring the crowd to reply, “No.”
“My message to the President is simple — respect New Yorkers, pay attention to what your own home town is going through, fix your buildings, and while you are at it, fix your policies, rejoin the Paris Agreement, make the United States of America a leader on fighting global warming, not a follower,” the mayor said.
The demonstration location was beside the same golden escalators where Trump launched his campaign for president in June 2015.
Many reports have said the protest became a farce when the event was moved inside from the street because of heavy rain, and journalists struggled to hear or understand Mr De Blasio’s pointed attack.
The 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.
Mr De Blasio said he will announce this week whether he will take part in the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries.
Hover, he is not wildly popular in this tough city; an April poll showed 76 per cent of New Yorkers said they did not want him to run for president.