Los Angeles—Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a new sustainability plan for Los Angeles that he is touting as a local ‘New Green Deal.’ Yet upon closer inspection the plan mostly repackages prior goals that fall short of a bold plan to tackle climate change in California’s largest city. For example, while the plan includes goals to transition the city to 100% renewable energy, the timeline is not as ambitious as scientists say it needs to be and the “renewable” mix is ambiguous, leaving the door open for dirty energy sources like biogas, biomass and pollution carbon trading credits.
In response to the mayor’s announcement, Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Alexandra Nagy issued this statement:
“Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability pLAn renewable energy goals are nothing but a repackaging of statewide goals to go 100% renewable energy by 2045, despite climate science showing we need to transition by 2030. A recent study by Synapse Energy Economics shows Los Angeles can be ambitious and lead on 100% renewable energy by 2030 without increasing costs to the Department of Water and Power. The plan unveiled by Mayor Garcetti today misses the mark on a bold vision for L.A.’s future. Food & Water Watch and the communities we work with will hold Mayor Garcetti accountable to a real Green New Deal for Los Angeles, one that makes a speedy transition to 100% real clean energy by 2030 while supporting vulnerable populations and workers. Any real Green New Deal should exclude polluting fuels like biogas and biomass, renewable energy credits, and nuclear energy.”
Contact: Alexandra Nagy, (818) 633-0865, [email protected]
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