On Thursday, President Donald Trump portrayed his decision to pull the United States out of the historic Paris climate deal as a key part of his campaign pledge to put America first. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," the president said. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump says of pulling out of a deal that'll affect every person on Earth pic.twitter.com/4jPTuCqbSG There's just one problem: The citizens of Pittsburgh are strongly supportive of climate action. For Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, that number is 74 percent.
Pittsburgh's Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto signed an executive order on Friday promising the city will continue to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, joining at least 91 other cities defying President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the global climate commitment. Under the executive order, Pittsburgh will continue working toward clean energy climate objectives, including 100 percent renewable energy consumption for municipal operations by 2030. The Pittsburgh mayor on Thursday blasted the President's decision to abandon the Paris accord, stating "it will set us back decades." The steel city became the focal point of the opposition to Trump's climate decision after the president said he backed out of the Paris deal because it was unfair to the U.S. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," was his signature line from the speech. Peduto told the local Pittsburgh press he was "personally offended" by the Trump's speech.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in March in the East Room of the White House. Merkel says she regrets Trump's decision on Thursday to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and will keep working to "save our Earth." President Donald Trump announced Thursday he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, sparking a storm of reactions from lawmakers, foreign leaders and industry executives who largely feared what the exit would mean for the worldwide fight against climate change and America's relationship with its allies. Trump had promised to withdraw from the deal -- a pledge between nearly 200 countries to reduce carbon emissions worldwide -- during his campaign for president. But in recent weeks, the president received conflicting advice from his advisers on whether he should follow through.
California Governor Jerry Brown is one of dozens of local leaders who have pledged to fill the void left by President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. In announcing his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." The Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh immediately shot back on Twitter: "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future," Mayor Bill Peduto tweeted. As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. A number of city and state leaders quickly echoed Peduto's response.
President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it "fails to serve America's interest." The agreement is widely viewed as the world's best and last chance to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change. SEE ALSO: For second time, U.S. to withdraw from major climate treaty, this time the Paris Agreement Though Trump said he will try to renegotiate the deal, the internet was lit with commentary. Others claimed this was an embarrassing day to be American. Mostly, people were just ashamed (and somehow still shocked) that Trump chose this path for the country in such a dire time.