Pittsburgh mayor: The state is "with Paris"

President Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord on climate change

Pittsburgh mayor: The state is "with Paris"

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The Mayor of Pittsburgh has said the state intends to follow the Paris Accord on climate change, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the agreement.

In his speech announcing the withdrawal, President Trump framed the action as an act of solidarity with the Rust Belt voters who helped deliver him the presidency.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said.

Bill Peduto, the Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh, immediately tweeted, trolling Trump for his Pittsburgh line. 

"The United States joins Syria, Nicaragua & Russia in deciding not to participate with world's Paris Agreement. It's now up to cities to lead," he said.

"Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement."

He also succeeded in taking a jab at the Presidential election result, saying: "Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh."

Taking action

Four other US states are rebelling against Trump's Paris climate agreement withdrawal.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, California governor Edmund Brown Jr., and Washington state governor Jay Inslee said they’re forming a coalition of states committed to fighting climate change.

“I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states," Inslee said in a statement.

"Today’s announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation. While the president’s actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up.”

Boston's mayor Marty Walsh also came out against the move.