Clean Energy: LA Councilman Pledges Serious Greenhouse Gas Cuts

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L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz wants the city to set new, higher goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that would slash citywide emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz announced his proposed new goals for reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions at City Hall on June 27, 2014. Here he is pictured speaking at the launch of coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action in the Port of LA this last March. Photo By Jonathan H. Lee/
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Los Angeles City Councilman Presents Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Proposal

By Brandon Baker, Published in EcoWatch

A Los Angeles city councilman is thinking big and long range when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Paul Koretz said the city should target a cut of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The climate crisis is no longer out there in the future,” Koretz told reporters at a news conference Friday. “It’s here. It’s now.” Boston and San Francisco are among the cities with the aggressive target Koretz suggested. He plans on introducing it in a motion during council’s next meeting.

If no steps are taken, the climate could get hotter by more than 5 percent, according to the councilman, who pointed to a chart with a steeply rising line showing the trajectory of future temperatures. But reaction to pollution-linked weather changes has been in “stasis,” with some in the business community “shrugging (their) shoulders and saying hey, let’s just adapt, it’ll be fine,” Koretz said.  — KCET

The city is already well on its way to achieving the goal it previously set forth of slashing emissions by 35 percent by 2030. Koretz’s office told the publication that Los Angeles had cut emissions 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2013.

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LADWP John Ferraro Building Solar Carport: The 150kW system located at the Department of Water and Power downtown General Office Building is a multipurpose structure. It generates electricity, provides shade for cars and houses the electric LAX shuttle van quick-charger. The system produces 275,000kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power over 30 homes. Photo: LADWP

Koretz’s multilayered plan includes installing more solar energy on city rooftops and energy efficiency retrofits across the city. He also wants the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to meet the same emissions target two decades before the city. The department’s emissions have dropped 22 percent from 1990?s levels, with ”even more dramatic” cuts in store as coal is eliminated from the mix at the Navajo and Intermountain power plants, spokesman Joe Ramallo the Times.

“The DWP is almost all the way there,” Koretz said. “We just want to give them a nudge to get all the way there.”

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Koretz has displayed a track record of environmental concern since assuming office five years ago. He was one of two members to introduce a motion for a fracking moratorium last year. He also introduced a motion banning the cultivation and sale of genetically engineered seeds and plants.

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

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