Commend Los Angeles for Renewable Energy Pledge

Target: Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles

Goal: Applaud the Los Angeles City Council for approving a plan to end the city’s use of coal-fired power.

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan to end the use of coal by 2025. The proposed plan aims to amend the city’s agreement with its coal energy partners to allow the use of natural gas, wind energy, and solar power. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) receives 40 percent of its electricity from out-of-state coal plants. Coal-fired power plants are a leading contributor to greenhouse gas pollution and environmental damage. Commend the L.A. City Council for taking steps toward an eco-friendly future.

Coal is a non-renewable energy source that is harmful to environmental health and human health. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for one-third of America’s carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions cause global warming, which, in turn, can lead to heat waves, wild fires, air pollution, and disease outbreaks. Coal miners also face many health risks, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, black lung, and other respiratory ailments. The act of mining coal also causes major environmental degradation and ecosystem loss, as mountaintops need to be destroyed in order for miners to reach coal deposits. The waste product from mountaintop removal ends up in rivers and streams, disrupting drinking water supplies and negatively impacting wildlife communities.

Under the new plan, all utilities will be required to begin using renewable sources of energy to move away from coal usage. Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and natural gas, will be implemented in efforts to improve energy efficiency. These alternative sources initially cost more than coal. However, in the long run, renewable energy sources cost less, in terms of health costs and environmental clean-up. With this new plan, the city of Los Angeles may be able to reduce carbon emissions and provide a cleaner environment for future generations. Sign the petition below to praise Mayor Villaraigosa for pledging to end the use of coal by 2025.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Villaraigosa,

I would like to commend you and the Los Angeles City Council for approving a plan to end the use of coal by 2025. This is a major step toward providing an environmentally healthy future for L.A. citizens. As you may know, coal-fired power plants are a leading contributor to greenhouse gas pollution and environmental damage. Those in the coal mining industry also face many health risks, such as asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments. Coal is a non-renewable energy source and the city’s dependence on coal-fired power is unsustainable in the long run.

The new plan encourages utilities to begin using renewable sources of energy in efforts to move away from coal usage. Renewable sources of energy include natural gas, wind power, and solar power. By shifting L.A.’s energy dependence from coal to these renewable sources, the city may be able to reduce carbon emissions while increasing energy efficiency. Thank you for approving this plan and helping the citizens of Los Angeles move toward an eco-friendly future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    This is great news to hear and a step in the right direction. Good for you Mayor Villaraigosa!

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