Mayor Unhappy Trump Named His City in Withdrawal Speech

Pittsburgh 'does not support the initiatives that he is doing'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2017 4:26 AM CDT
Updated Jun 2, 2017 6:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord is being denounced as a big mistake by leaders of other countries—and plenty of American mayors and governors don't sound any happier. French President Emmanuel Macron, delivering a rare English-language speech, said there is no "Plan B" for the climate and promised that France will become a "second homeland" for climate scientists, the Independent reports. In a dig at Trump, he said everybody needs to work together to "Make our planet great again." In other developments:

  • American states, cities, and companies have vowed to meet their Paris commitments despite the withdrawal and are planning to submit a "parallel" pledge to the United Nations, the New York Times reports. The governors of California, New York, and Washington say they are starting an alliance of states committed to upholding the agreement.

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  • The leaders of France, Italy, and Germany issued a joint statement condemning the decision and saying the renegotiation Trump has suggested is not an option because the accord "is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies," the Guardian reports. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May did not sign the statement, though a spokesperson said she had told Trump of her "disappointment."
  • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto slammed Trump for referring to the city in his announcement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "This city does not support the initiatives that he is doing. This city is adamantly opposed to them," said the mayor. Trump, who said he was elected to "represent Pittsburgh, not Paris," is not "representing us at all, or not very well," the mayor said.
  • China's state-controlled media joined in the criticism, denouncing Trump for making America the only country apart from Syria and Nicaragua to reject the accord, the Washington Post reports. Xinhua called Trump "foolish" and said he was isolating his country.
  • The BBC looks at five effects of the American pullout, including greater cooperation between the EU and China as they move forward with emissions goals. The BBC notes that coal is still unlikely to make a comeback, and American emissions will probably still fall.
(Read more Paris Agreement stories.)

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