Resolution in Support of a Clean Energy Future for Los Angeles
Whereas, the city owned Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have taken a public position to support the conversion of the LADWP from cheap coal power to expanded use of renewable energy;
and in his inaugural address July 3, 2009, Mayor Villaraigosa declared a goal of achieving 40 percent renewable energy by the year 2020 and 60 percent by 2030; in what he said would lead to a “path to permanently break our addiction to coal, and
Whereas, the LADWP long has continued to rely on coal power from plants in Utah and Arizona to provide most of the energy used in the city, and combined these plants emit as much climate-disrupting pollution as nearly six million cars and are among the worst polluters in the country and cause increased rates to Los Angeles Citizens despite which LADWP continues to rely on coal and has failed to take steps to eliminate the reliance on coal power, and
Whereas, LADWP has taken ownership in outdated coal plants which continue to pollute the environment and fails to pursue aggressive but achievable energy-efficiency goals to end our destructive use of coal and protect future energy efficiency but LADWP has used city and rate payer funds to lobby EPA against the requirement that air pollution controls be installed to help mitigate the damage to the environment and peoples health.
Therefore Be it Resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party is strongly opposed to the continuing dependency on coal energy and the LADWP ownership in coal fired plants and urges the LADWP to immediately take positive steps to divest interest in coal fired plants and to cease the use of taxpayer funds to lobby against EPA regulation, and
Therefore be it further resolved, that a copy of this Resolution is to be sent to the Mayor of Los Angeles, Members of the City Council and to Members of the LADWP City Commission to encourage immediate public and regulatory support for these actions.
Author: Ray Bishop, 41st AD
Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 9/6/11
Passed by LACDP 9/13/11