Trump’s ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ speech panned by West Palm Beach, Pittsburgh mayors

President Donald Trump stops his motorcade to greet supporters on Bingham Island near Mar-a-Lago in March. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump summed up his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord by saying “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

But Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto took immediate exception on Twitter. And some Florida mayors — including West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio — criticized the president’s decision as well.

“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,” Peduto tweeted after Trump mentioned his city.

West Palm Beach mayor Jeri Muoio

Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County voted for Hillary Clinton in November. But the rest of Western Pennsylvania was carried by Trump, who flipped the previously Democratic state on his way to the White House.

Muoio, a Democrat who holds a nonpartisan office, also blasted Trump’s decision.

“The announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the historic Paris Climate Accord is more than a disappointment. It is downright troubling,” Muoio said in a prepared statement. “This move signals that the U.S. will no longer be a leader on climate change and rolls back the commitments made to protect South Florida and the world from the harmful effects of CO2 emissions that lead to climate change. The City of West Palm Beach will continue to move forward as a model of resilience. We will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.”

Muoio and Peduto are among 61 “Climate Mayors” who signed a statement supporting the Paris accord. Other Florida mayors to sign the statement: Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Buddy Dyer of Orlando and Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg.

 

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