When Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas threw cold water on President Joe Biden’s decision to join the Paris climate accord, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was hit in the crossfire.
Cruz condemned Biden’s decree and said that “President Biden indicates that he is more interested in the opinions of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.”
“The last time I checked, Senator Cruz was not representing Pennsylvania,” Peduto told Insider.
When Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas threw cold water on President Joe Biden’s decision to join the Paris climate accord, a Pennsylvania mayor was accidentally hit in the crossfire.
Hours after being sworn in on Jan.20, Biden issued more than a dozen executive orders, including one to join the Paris accords to cut emissions. Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump withdrew from the deal early in his term, raising concerns around the world. The United States is the second largest producer of carbon emissions, after China.
Cruz immediately responded to the action of Biden’s executive by issuing a statement condemning the decision as undermining American jobs, and that “by signing this order, President Biden indicates that he is more interested in the opinions. of the citizens of Paris than by the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. “
Cruz’s comments immediately caught the attention of the mayor of Pittsburgh, Democrat Bill Peduto, about 1,000 miles from Texas.
“The last time I checked, Senator Cruz was not representing Pennsylvania,” Peduto told Insider, saying Pittsburgh has a base of renewable energy jobs and the city does not have not been dependent on the fossil fuel industry for five decades.
It was not the first time that a Republican lawmaker has cited the city of Pittsburgh or other cities named P for their opposition to a substantial long-term investment in renewable energy.
When President Trump withdrew from the deal in 2017, he said at his press conference: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
While France is one of the 195 signatories to the Paris Agreement, the international agreement is not designed to please or benefit Parisians in particular. The agreement was drafted by diplomats in Paris, in the same way that the Geneva Conventions for Armed Conflict and its treaties around the world were born in Geneva.
Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, the freshman congressman who bills herself as an uncompromising antithesis of progressive lawmakers like Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, also rang by Tweeter: “I work for the people of Pueblo, not the people of Paris.”
(Pueblo, a town in Boebert’s Congress District, is home to Vestas’ the largest wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in the world. The company has invested $ 1 billion for its four factories throughout Colorado and employs more than 3,400 people in the state, 800 of which are based in Pueblo. The factory manager previously mentionned one of the reasons for being based in Pueblo was “Colorado’s commitment to develop its renewable energy industry.”)
Many Republican lawmakers like Cruz and Boebert have said they are not opposed to initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, but are concerned about declining jobs.
According to Mayor Peduto; However, the data these Republican lawmakers rely on doesn’t paint the full picture. In Pennsylvania, clean energy jobs grew 6% in 2018, five times faster than the state’s overall job growth, according to Environmental entrepreneurs. In a state where 70% of residents believe global warming is happening, Pennsylvania ranked fourth place for the fastest growing state in the renewable energy industry.
“What Ted Cruz is doing is threatening everyone who decided to create this next Pittsburgh,” Peduto said, adding that the senator’s comments were “just a political stunt on who we were, not about what we are “.
“The point is, the Pittsburgh he’s referring to isn’t today’s Pittsburgh,” added Peduto. “His idea that this is a city that survives on heavy industry and fossil fuels has hardly been like that since. [the 1970s]. “
But Cruz seems to have cashed in the viral slogan – his campaign site advertises bumper stickers that read “PITTSBURGH> PARIS”.
“I would rather he left us out of his political campaign slogans,” Peduto said. “Obviously, the people of Pittsburgh feel a lot different from him.”
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