Mayor Bill Peduto. Photo by Brian Cohen.

In an article naming a dozen American heroes of 2017,  featuring the likes of Ashley Judd, Colin Kapaernick and Sally Yates, The Guardian includes none other than Mayor Bill Peduto:

Who? The mayor of Pittsburgh. These words may ring a bell: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” That was Donald Trump taking the US out of the Paris accord to combat climate change. The Pennsylvania city is, indeed, best known as an industrial powerhouse (“hell with the lid off” was a 19th-century nickname). But Peduto hit back. “We will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future,” he tweeted. He stands out amid a surge of local leaders defying Trump in favor of the environment.

Read the list of others “who inspired us.”

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