Mike sent the following message to neighbors on March 24, 2021.
Getting off fossil fuels is not a goal; it is an imperative. That’s why we are going to make Los Angeles the first big city in the United States to reach 100% clean energy.
Today, I joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to announce that we have a roadmap to LA’s clean energy future. We can get 100% of our energy from clean and sustainable resources by 2035, and we can get to 98% clean energy by 2030.
Those are key findings of LA100, a major scientific study LADWP commissioned at the urging of me and my colleague Paul Krekorian, working with environmental leaders throughout Los Angeles. The study shows there are various paths to 100%, with different timelines. It underscores that our green future is a big but achievable goal, and I will push to get us there as quickly and aggressively as possible.
We must do this for our kids. If we don’t end our dependence on fossil fuels, we leave the next generation a future of drought, wildfires, floods, crop failure and disease. Averting this bleak future is possible, but it won’t be easy. Making a fast, just and equitable transition to clean energy means completely transforming an intricate and complex system of energy production, procurement and distribution.
LA100 identifies the challenges and hurdles to achieving 100%. We can remove those hurdles, and reap the benefits. The study showed that rooftop solar, sustainable buildings standards, and electrification of transportation will play key roles in building our green tomorrow. The study showed that we can make the transition affordably, that it can create 10,000 good-paying jobs, and that it can help undo generations of inequity and environmental racism.
In the weeks ahead, my colleagues and I will be proposing a series of actions to follow the most aggressive roadmap. I look forward to sharing those proposals with you, and to building this future with you.
Councilmember, 11th District