Protestors demonstrate outside US embassy in London in response to Trump's vow to withdraw from Paris Agreement AFP/Getty
During his speech announcing that he will be taking the US out of the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump said “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris”.
Here's Trump explaining his rationale:
Pittsburgh Mayor @billpeduto: We'll make sure we follow the #ParisAgreement. https://t.co/svPZPkr6m0— The ReidOut (@The ReidOut) 1496359938
But Pittsburgh didn’t really appreciate being used to make Trump’s argument. Bill Peduto, the Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh was quick to react, saying it’s up to individual cities to respond. He also made it very clear that Pittsburgh – and many other parts of the US – won’t go quietly.
As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our peop… https://t.co/kOIEW44Odh— bill peduto (@bill peduto) 1496347422
He went on to retweet some damning tweets:
Once again @realDonaldTrump is wrong. #Paris & #Pittsburgh do stand together for the #ParisAgreement #Cities4Climate https://t.co/7HGQ4AQ9Rj— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne Hidalgo) 1496349928
More than 65,000 people in Pennsylvania work in the renewable energy industry - that's more than mining, oil and ga… https://t.co/xdU83xrhtq— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen) 1496347313
And reach out to the mayor of Nashville:
We may not agree on the Stanley Cup Final (or on catfish hurling) but we certainly agree on this. Looking forward t… https://t.co/jpRTvjc1gh— bill peduto (@bill peduto) 1496367191
Already, 82 mayors across the country have pledged to uphold the goals set out in the Paris agreement, including Peduto, of course.
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