When President Donald Trump made a speech addressing his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, he stated how he’d been “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
As Bill Peduto, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, adroitly pointed out, there is one minor issue with that sentiment.
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
While that election is now water under the 6th Street Bridge, Pittsburgh is still not toeing the Trump line when it comes to tackling climate change (or not).
Having already said his city would “follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future”, Mayor Peduto also aims to have Pittsburgh using 100% renewable energy by 2035.
This goal is set out on the website of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy coalition, which Peduto has joined.
It’s not an insignificant movement, with an increasing number of mayors from cities nationwide who didn’t have the privilege of having their names appropriated by President Trump also signing up.
In a press release, Peduto explained, “Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement does not reflect the values of our city.
“Pittsburgh will not only heed the guidelines of the Paris Agreement – we will work to move towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy for our future, our economy, and our people.”
A similar initiative is also being organized by former New York City mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg.
With 30 cities, 3 states, and more than 80 university presidents already on board, the group aims to submit a plan to commit to the same greenhouse gas limits set in the original Paris Agreement.
As this video from Business Insider shows, many cities worldwide – including in the US – would be lost should all the planet’s land ice melt.
While Pittsburgh itself looks to be safe, places like New York, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston and New Orleans wouldn’t be.
Places that Donald Trump has, apparently, been elected to represent.