Philadelphia and Other US Cities Pledge to Uphold the Paris Climate Accord, Despite Trump

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    President Trump asserted that he represented the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris, in his recent announcement about the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Pittsburgh’s Major Bill Peduto quickly made it clear how he felt about that statement.

    In a series of tweets, Pittsburgh’s Democratic major reminded followers that Hilary Clinton received 80% of his city’s vote in the 2016 election. He also promised that he and other majors would continue to work toward reducing carbon emissions, despite federal obstacles.

    “It’s now up for cities to lead,” he said Thursday afternoon.

    Along with Peduto, Philadelphia Major Jim Kenney and around 60 other majors from New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and other major cities, pledged their loyalty to the Paris accord. They call themselves The Climate Majors.

    The group stated, “The president’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from American cities.”

    Many of the majors and other national leaders, including Elon Musk, Governor Jay Inslee, and Bill Clinton, took to social media to blast Trump’s decision.

    Trump told a crowd at the White House Rose Garden that the U.S. will either negotiate to re-work the Paris accord or create a new treaty that better benefits businesses and taxpayers of America. Withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement will take almost four years.

    “If we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine,” Trump announced.

    In a press release, Kenney stated that he would continue toward Philadelphia’s goal of reducing carbon emissions between 26 and 28 percent by 2025. This target comes from the pledge former President Obama’s made when he brought the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement.

    “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement goes against the interests of Philadelphians. My administration is now committed to upholding at the local level the very same commitment made by the United States in the Paris climate agreement,” Kenney declared in the release.

    He also said that Philadelphia is on track to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

    Philadelphia’s director of sustainability Christine Knapp released a statement about the changes the city is already seeing, including “hotter summers and heavier rainstorms”. “Local progress on climate change will improve Philadelphia’s economy, reduce illnesses caused by air pollution, and help protect our residents.

    City officials will lay out an updated guide with strategies, initiatives, resources, and advice on how to live an eco-friendly life.