START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
Mar 6, 2013

Reposted from the Sierra Club:

mayor villaraigosaAngelenos cheered this week when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced his intention to sign two agreements that will make the city coal-free no later than 2025.

This comes at a moment in our campaign when massive rallies across the U.S. in February called on President Obama to take immediate administrative action to tackle the threat of extreme climate change devastation.

Here in L.A., 2,000 Angelenos showed up in front of City Hall to demand national action on climate change last month. The good news this week is that Angelenos’ demand for clean energy is driving significant progress in our own backyard.

L.A. gets nearly 40 percent of its power from two aging out-of-state coal plants — the Navajo Generating Station (NG in Arizona and the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) in Utah. These aging plants have become a financial liability for Angelenos as a result of the necessary and required retrofits at both of the several-decades-old power plants.

The prospect of Los Angeles being poised to sign agreements to get off of coal represents a pivotal moment. This would mark a major transformation for our city and would be the result of ordinary Angelenos coming together to demand change in the energy choices we make. In 21st-century Los Angeles, it has become simply unacceptable for nearly 40 percent of our city’s energy supply to continue to come from aging, out-of-state, polluting coal-fired power plants.

When Mayor Villaraigosa took office in 2005, the city got nearly half its power from coal and a measly three percent from clean energy. What a difference eight years make. Los Angeles was the first city in the state to hit 20 percent clean energy. It recently launched the largest urban rooftop solar program in the nation, and it has reimagined its energy-efficiency program to create good careers while saving more energy. In the past year alone, L.A. has locked in enough clean energy commitments to power 330,000 homes with solar (that’s basically the equivalent of Cleveland or Minneapolis).

The coal transition is as much an economic transition as it is an environmental one, and it represents a victory for all Angelenos. The city’s new CLEAN LA Solar program (a solar buy-back or “feed-in-tariff&rdquo — the largest city-wide program of its kind in the nation — promises to create 4,500 jobs and nearly $500 million in economic development for the city. Toronto-based Solar Provider, for example, has plans to hire 30 Angelenos and to invest $50 million in Los Angeles as a result of the new program.

Read more at 

Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:21 am
Tags: energy change clean angeles news good los coal climate [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:


Alice C.
female , single, 2 children
Ringoes, NJ, USA
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\nNew connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 sunsFri, 09/06/2013 - 8:57am\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\ r\n\r\n\nThe discovery means solar cell manufacturers can create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\nSEPTEMBER 4, 2013 BY CHRIS F\n\r\nJersey Shore Events on the Weekend of September 6-8, 2013\r\n\r\nTh summer season is officially over, but real summer keeps going at the Jersey Shore. Now it’s the time for lots of festivals and...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\nUS DOE Loan Program Financed $16 Billion in Renewables and More Coming\r\n\r\n\nChris Meehan August 28, 2013  |  \r\n\r \n\r\n\r\n\r\n Print \r\n\r\n\r\n\n\r\n\nThe Department of Energy\'s Loan Programs Office (LPO) loaned $16 billion to the renewable e...
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\nSummer Solar Powered Chandelier\r\n\n\r\n\r\n\ r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA few years ago I saw several blogs showing how they took an old, ugly chandelier, and turned it into beautiful lighting for their laundry room.I immediately started to look for one and then look what I f...

(1 comments  |  discussions )
\\nZEN was suspended by Eric with no warning. We don\\\'t know any reasons nor how long it will last....\\r\\nI asked about it on the forum but my post was immediately deleted. 2 threads and petitions about Zen also. And 2 her help-groups. :-(\\r\\nUntill to...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Look Grandma I can stand!!
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Bath time is FUN time!!
(0 comments  |  discussions )
I love it when someone reads too me!!
(0 comments  |  discussions )
Just pink!!  I am the best Valentine you could have! Think Pink!

Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorlis Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW:\\r\\nOCEANA\\r\\nPETA:\\r\\nEARTH 911:\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA:\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.