Pittsburgh Mayor Defies Trump, Pledges to Follow Paris Agreement

This week, while announcing his plans to withdrawal the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump referenced the city of Pittsburgh.

Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord on climate change on Thursday afternoon – deriding it as bad for American jobs and bad for the environment.

He dared opprobrium from foreign leaders, environmentalists, scientists and celebrities to say he was putting the jobs of American workers first.

‘We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. They won’t be,’ Trump declared. ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’

The reference garnered a quick response from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

The mayor of Pittsburgh fired back at President Trump Thursday for his use of the city in rationalizing withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, saying the city will continue to follow the deal.

Bill Peduto (D) tweeted Thursday that “it’s now up to cities to lead” after Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate deal.


Peduto fired back, tweeting, “Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement.”

Trump likely isn’t losing any sleep over the mayor’s response. If the city wants to hinder its own economic development, that’s fine. Meanwhile, the Dow closed at a record-high following Trump’s announcement.

Sources: The HillDaily Mail

Image: Mark Dixon



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