Pittsburgh will follow Paris climate accord, with or without Trump

The United States may be out of the Paris climate agreement, but Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday that his city is still in.

Linda Mack | Jun 02, 2017

The United States may be out of the Paris climate agreement, but Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday that his city is still in. Tweeting that "it's now up to cities to lead, " the Democratic mayor promised that he would continue to implement the accord's goals within his city.

Peduto's reaction follows a speech President Trump had made in which he specifically referred to Pittsburgh. Trump said that he was abandoning the accord out of loyalty to regular Americans: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

Peduto wasn't having it. He tweeted in response: "Face: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris agreement."

This is not the first time that Peduto has openly defied Trump. In January, the mayor declared that Pittsburgh is a sanctuary city that is "welcoming" to immigrants, documented or undocumented. His comments were a challenge to the Trump administration's threats at the time to penalize cities that harbored undocumented immigrants.

Nor is this the first occasion of a mayor crossing swords with Trump on climate change. The U.S. Conference of Mayors came out against Trump's departure from the climate accord and said that it will keep up its own efforts against climate change at the municipal level nationwide.

"The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a strong proponent of the need to address climate change and we support the Paris agreement, which positions the world's nations, including the United States, to be energy independent, self-reliant and resilient," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, chairman of conference's environment committee, said in a statement.

 

 

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