With Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal, Mayors Take the Lead

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With Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal, Mayors Take the Lead

100 Percent Clean Electricity Resolution Approved by US Conference of Mayors

WASHINGTON - At its Miami conference, the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution today calling for 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035 in their communities.

The following statement is from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch:

“With little hope for real change coming from Washington, this resolution takes a remarkably bold step in the right direction to combat climate chaos. The mayors’ resolution sets an appropriately aggressive target for renewables, and it includes language that prioritizes environmental justice and a just transition for workers in the fossil fuel industries.

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“It is unfortunate that the Mayors include biomass among their accepted ‘renewable’ sources. Biomass is a byproduct of dirty industries such as factory farming that have significant health and environmental impacts beyond greenhouse gas emissions.”

“In 2015, Food & Water Watch identified a goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 or sooner as a vital component of the clean energy revolution that is necessary to win the fight against climate chaos. With Trump in the White House and fossil fuel-friendly Republicans in control of Congress, these mayors are committing their communities to a clean energy future that will create good jobs and protect our planet.”

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Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

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