Socialist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was overshadowed by a crowd of angry protesters today at a wild rally in Trump Tower promoting the city’s Green New Deal, where the Democrat threatened President Trump’s family company with millions of dollars in fines if his buildings don’t comply with new environmental standards. Ironically, De Blasio addressed the crowd in front of the escalators where Trump launched his 2016 campaign.
De Blasio ripped Trump’s rollback of Obama-era environmental policies, his move to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, and his appointment of climate change skeptics to his Cabinet. “His buildings are one of the biggest polluters in New York City,” de Blasio said. “Cut your emissions or we’ll cut something you really care about.” Them’s fighting words.
De Blasio is rumored to be running for the Democratic nomination for 2020 in the presidential race. Good luck with that. He threatened Trump again by saying: “We’ll take your money.” Spoken like a true communist.
De Blasio had to really shout for most of his speech because of a crowd of about a dozen protesters who were yelling slogans and carrying signs that said “Worst Mayor Ever,” “Failed Mayor,” and “Trump 2020.” They were also blaring music. De Blasio tried to be clever by saying it was “so nice for them to serenade us. They’re scared of the truth,” he said. “Anyone that has a problem with saving the planet, I have a problem with them.”
Scene in lobby of Trump tower as Trump supporters try to drown out de Blasio rally with signs saying “worst mayor ever” pic.twitter.com/5xo7wYpHKI
— Melissa Russo (@MelissaRusso4NY) May 13, 2019
From Fox News:
“The rally for the city’s Green New Deal was originally scheduled to be held in front of Trump Tower, but was moved into the lobby due to inclement weather.
“New York City’s own Green New Deal plan – officially called The Climate Mobilization Act and modeled after the one proposed in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. – passed the City Council last month in a 45-2 vote. De Blasio has not yet signed the legislation but is expected to soon.
“The deal is actually a package of 10 bills meant to curb carbon emissions in the country’s largest city by carrying out measures that will be “the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030,” according to New York City’s Committee for Environmental Protection Chair Costa Constantinides.
“But the main facet of the deal is the plan clamp down on emissions from the city’s famed skyscrapers with a goal of reducing overall emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Buildings create almost 70 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent survey.
“The first of any major city on the Earth to say to building owners, ‘you’ve got to clean up your act, you’ve got to retrofit, you’ve got to save energy,’” de Blasio said last month. “If you don’t do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as $1 million or more for the biggest buildings.”
“Upgrades to buildings in order to meet the new standards are expected to cost owners around $4 billion – a figure that has the city’s powerful real estate lobby up in arms.
“The bill that passed…will fall short of achieving the 40 x 30 reduction by only including half of the city’s building stock,” Real Estate Board of New York President John H. Banks said in a statement. “The approach taken today will have a negative impact on our ability to attract and retain a broad range of industries, including technology, media, finance, and life sciences, that provide opportunity and continued economic growth that is so important for our city.”
“New York is not the only major American city to push its own version of the Green New Deal.
“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a plan last month to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.
“Politicians in Washington don’t have to look across the aisle in Congress to know what a Green New Deal is — they can look across the country, to Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. “With flames on our hillsides and floods in our streets, cities cannot wait another moment to confront the climate crisis with everything we’ve got. L.A. is leading the charge, with a clear vision for protecting the environment and making our economy work for everyone.”’
I see bankruptcy in New York’s future over this insanity. That’s socialism for you… spending everyone else’s money and mandating nutty things that do nothing more than destroy prosperity and lives. New York was already taxing itself out of existence… this will just hurry it along even more. This is what you get when you elect Marxists.