Harrisburg – June 8, 2017 – Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today called on President Trump to meet with leaders from the City of Pittsburgh to understand the impact of his decision to exit the Paris Accord, before using the city as an example for the world.

“The president’s decision to abandon the Paris accord was surprising, but not totally unexpected,” Fontana said. “That doesn’t make it any less disturbing or concerning. But setting Pittsburgh as an example without consideration for the impact of your decision on jobs and local economies like ours is misguided.

“Pittsburgh is a city that literally has risen from the ashes – an incredible story of success and determination. Using the story of our city as part of your questionable environmental policy is inexcusable. Don’t use us as part of your reason to your back on environmental progress. If you’re going to build your agenda on the back of Pittsburgh, then meet with our leaders to give us insight into your decision.

Fontana added that Pittsburgh is unrecognizable from what it was 60 years ago, or even 30 years ago.

“Leadership, foresight, and most of all, the great spirit and determination of Pittsburghers allowed the City to pick itself up decades ago and reinvent itself, playing a prominent role in a 21st century economy, serving as an example for cities across the globe.

“I encourage the President to meet with our City’s leaders, to learn more about its history and transformation, and how the principles of the Paris Agreement will continue to strengthen this city, our region, and our country.”