Trump visits key swing state Pennsylvania to discuss energy production

President Donald Trump will appear at the 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, where he is expected to commend his administration’s commitment to “domestic energy production and manufacturing jobs,” according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

One of the environmental issues slated for discussion at the conference, which spans from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, is methane emission reduction.

Methane emissions in the United States have been declining, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while natural gas production has been increasing.

In a report, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the state is the second-largest U.S. gas producer, overshadowed only by Texas.

Trump framed his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement two years ago as a move of solidarity with the blue-collar residents who voted him into office in 2016.

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said. In turn, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said that the city will adhere to the precedents set by the Paris agreement.

bill peduto✔@billpedutoAs the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. … Stephanie Grisham✔@PressSec.@POTUS "I was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris. I promised I wld exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve US interests"264K3:03 PM - Jun 1, 2017Twitter Ads info and privacy

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During his candidacy for president, Trump also appeared and spoke at the conference.