For 50 years the LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has been in an unhealthy relationship with dirty coal. Two coal-fired power plants in Utah and Arizona provide LA with 39% of its power emitting toxic mercury, smog, and as much carbon pollution as nearly six million cars.
Los Angeles can continue this bad relatonship with coal and hand over its utility checks to dirty out-of-state coal companies, or we can make our love affair with the sun even stronger. Investing in clean energy solutions like solar power here in Los Angeles will support family-wage jobs for Angelenos and break our reliance on dirty fossil fuels.
The LADWP will be releasing their plan to transition to clean energy soon, but the city council still has a big say in what's in it. The city council needs to know the heart of LA lies with clean energy and green jobs and not with its current dirty, unhealthy, long distance relationship with coal.
Across the country, communities are saying 'no' to dirty coal. As America's most iconic sunny city, Los Angeles can lead transition from the dirty energy of the past and drive long-term economic growth by developing solar, wind, and promote energy efficiency creating thousands of local jobs and reduce energy bills for LA residents.
Thanks for all you do for the environment,
Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign
P.S. -- Want to do more to help LA fall in love with clean enery and green jobs? Come to our volunteer meeting, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Sierra Club offices, located at 714 West Olympic Blvd Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.