Pittsburgh Mayor Paris Agreement

by Jill & Cathy on April 11, 2021

Peduto promised, on behalf of the city, to respect the commitments set out in the agreement. Donald Trump may claim to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, but the mayor of Steel City has said he supports Paris. “We will continue,” the mayors said in a statement. “If the president wants to break the promises enshrined in the historic Paris agreement, we will build and strengthen relations around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks,” they said. “The world cannot wait, and we will not.” Barack Obama, whose administration has been painstakingly negotiating the terms of the Paris climate agreement for years, said the withdrawal of the agreement was an abdication of U.S. leaders on the world stage. But in the absence of national engagement, Obama said, “Our states, cities and businesses will strengthen and do even more to lead the way and help protect the only planet we have for future generations.” He continued: “As mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy and our future.” Trump`s Gibe repeated the one he did in 2017 when he announced his intention to withdraw from the agreement and said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Trump has said from the White House Rose Garden that he is open to joining a new agreement with “fair terms with the United States.” Later, along with other states and countries, Pittsburgh bathed some of its emblems in the green light. The town hall went green on Friday night in support of the Paris agreement and the mayor`s order. In 2017, President Donald Trump decided that the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord. What`s changed since then? Peduto is one of many U.S. mayors who have pledged to uphold the principles of the climate agreement, despite Trump`s decision to join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries that are not parties to the agreement. In fact, we have told the U.S. federal government that we will not do anything to combat climate change, at least for the next four years.

And it may be noble to say that we will stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, but Pittsburgh is like a tiny dot on a big map. From a technical point of view, I believe that the new President of the United States will be able to adopt an executive order on January 1, 2021 to decide on the reintroduction of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Europe is where the rest of the world will be in ten years, if the effects of climate change become even more evident,” the mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, told EURACTIV Peduto. But despite the president`s confidence in Pittsburgh, the city`s mayor has not been so enthusiastic. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, fired a shot on Twitter when the White House press secretary tweeted Trump`s Pittsburgh quote. Peduto said his city would continue to follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto spoke on June 20 during a roundtable discussion at the ICLEI World Congress in Montreal with Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Spain; Veronica Arias, Minister of the Environment of Quito, Ecuador; Cathy Oke, City Councillor in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Oliver Morrison/PublicSource OM: Hundreds of these mayors across the country like Peduto have said we will abide by the Paris Agreement. But the question is, has anything changed? RF: We have a recording of your interview with Peduto at the conference that explains the consequences of Trump`s decision to withdraw from the climate agreement on him and other city officials around the world: Trump has often endorsed Americans in the Rust Belt and in the center of the country on the “coastal elites.” His decision on the Paris Agreement was, in many ways, a culmination of his “Make America First Again” philosophy. Before the president`s announcement, 60 U.S. cities decided to commit to the Paris climate agreement.

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