The Mayor of Pittsburgh, as well as the executive of Allegheny County, just took out a full page ad to speak out against President Trump.
Democrat Bill Peduto, who has been Pittsburgh’s mayor since 2014, was so offended by Trump defending his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement by saying he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” that he is now taking out a full-page ad in his local paper to make it clear that Trump doesn’t represent his city.
Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto & other top regional officials sign statement slated to run in full page ad tomorrow, condemning Trump Paris move. pic.twitter.com/IldMRFVjPd
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) June 5, 2017
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peduto’s ad has been co-signed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, along with two state senators and eight state representatives representing Western Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania state legislature. Multiple local elected officials in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County also added their names to the ad.
“President Trump: You are not ‘representing’ Pittsburgh by stalling action to solve climate change by abandoning the Paris agreement,” the ad reads in capital letters. “Pittsburghers overwhelmingly support action on climate change.”
“We want to grow clean energy jobs and a strong economy. We want our families to breathe healthy air and reduce pollution,” the ad continues. “[W]e want to leave a healthy and safe planet where we’ve addressed and solved climate change — for our kids and future generations.”
“President Trump, WE represent Pittsburgh, and WE will build a clean energy future. And we want to be leaders here and abroad in the fight to tackle climate change for Pittsburghers and for all Pennsylvanians.”
As Mayor Peduto noted following Trump’s comments about representing Pittsburgh, approximately 80 percent of his city’s voters actually cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, not Trump. Peduto also pledged on his verified Twitter account to continue following his city’s commitment to reduce greenhouses gases as part of the historic 2015 Paris accords.
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) June 1, 2017
As of this writing, Peduto and 245 other mayors across the U.S. have signed onto a pledge to continue abiding by the guidelines set forth in the Paris agreement in defiance of Trump’s decision. 13 state governors have also agreed to do everything within their power to follow the Paris agreement’s climate change reduction goals.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.