Mayor issues executive order committing Pittsburgh to climate change

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) issued an executive order regarding climate control initiatives in Pittsburgh, despite Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the 195-nation climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015, which Peduto supported.

According to a press release issued Friday by Peduto’s office:

“For decades, Pittsburgh has been rebuilding its economy based on hopes for our people and our future, not on outdated fantasies about our past,” Peduto said in a written statement. “The city and its many partners will continue to do the same, despite the president’s imprudent announcements yesterday.”

Peduto’s order includes various climate-related initiatives which the city is committing itself through 2030, including working with “81 other cities to undertake additional actions to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target.”

Other climate objectives are as follows:

  • Achieving 100 percent renewable electricity consumption for municipal operations.
  • A citywide zero waste initiative to divert 100 percent of materials from landfills.
  • A 50 percent reduction in energy consumption citywide.
  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and adopting energy efficiency standards for buildings.
  • Development of a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet.

Peduto also criticized Trump for a statement he made when announcing his decision, saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

He blasted the president on Twitter yesterday for his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the deal with a series of hard-hitting tweets.

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