Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Pa. leaders respond to Trump's decision to pull out of Paris climate accord

Jun 13, 2017
In The News

Pennsylvania leaders had a lot to say about President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that he has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Chief among them was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, whose city Trump mentioned Thursday saying, "I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

CBS Pittsburgh reported that Peduto immediately responded by tweeting "Fact: Hillary Clinton received 80% of the vote in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh stands with the world & will follow Paris Agreement @HillaryClinton".

Later, it reported, Peduto issued a formal statement saying "I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision, as most other Pittsburghers are. I was one of the nation’s mayors who went to Paris to fight for the accords, and my city, which has finally bounced back from decades of industrial carnage, will do all it can to promote its own environmental standards.”

The Allentown Morning Call reported that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called the move "a double-barreled blow to both Pennsylvania jobs and our environment," and that Gov. Tom Wolf said addressing greenhouse gas emissions -- as the Paris agreement seeks to do -- "presents opportunities for Pennsylvania's natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries to grow and create new jobs."

And reported that U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello of Chester County and Patrick Meehan of Delaware County were among relatively few Republicans criticizing the decision, with Meehan saying it "diminishes America’s leadership role on the world stage.”

It also quoted U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, a Republican who represents counties in western Pennsylvania, as saying the accord was about control, not climate, was never “a legitimate deal,” and "We have a moral responsibility to create a much healthier economy that will increase jobs and increase wages. ”