On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement -- all on behalf of the voters of Pittsburgh. "I was elected by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump said. It's a decent piece of alliteration for a marginally literate president, I guess, but there's one tiny little caveat the president forgot: The people of Pittsburgh didn't vote for him. SEE ALSO: One map tells you all you need to know about Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh, voted for Hillary by impressive margins: 55.9% of the county went to Clinton, compared to just 39.5% for Trump. Over 107,000 more Pittsburgh voters wanted Hillary and, by extension, the Paris Climate Agreement.
First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Shocked reactions are pouring in in response to the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is deploring "another horrific act of hate at a house of worship." He says the Saturday morning shooting is reminiscent of "the slaughter of nine African American worshippers at Charleston's Mother Emmanuel Church in 2015, the killings of six Sikh worshippers at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2014, and, of course, the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 that left four young African American girls dead." Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has tweeted: "We are devastated. Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable. Our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish community."
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.
Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world's first city to let passengers hail autonomous vehicles. So with the world watching, what has the city of 306,000 done to prepare for Uber's unprecedented test? The answer is not much. There have been no public service announcements or demonstrations of the technology. Except for the mayor and one police official, no other top city leader has seen a self-driving Uber vehicle operate up close.
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.