Local Action And Climate Change
'The US government has checked out on renewables': can cities fill the gap?
Oliver Milman, 24 July 2018 (UK Guardian)
“…[Burlington,Vermont, switched on a new hydropower plant in late 2014 and became the first US city to run entirely on clean power…The achievement has since been thrown into sharp relief by the election of Donald Trump, who has attempted to squash any sort of national response to climate change…[Now, motivated by the climate change crisis, more than 60 cities have] pledged to shift their electricity generation from fossil fuels to cleaner sources such as solar, wind and hydro…[Burlington’s] path to 100% renewable energy was smoothed by an engaged, progressive populace concerned about diminishing snow on nearby ski runs and heatwaves triggering algal blooms on Lake Champlain. Crucially, the city owns the local utility…Other, larger cities [like Atlanta and San Francisco] are also looking to push ahead…Some Republican-led cities such as San Diego [and Carmel, Indiana] have also thrown their weight behind the goal…” click here for more