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Trump Withdraws From Paris Agreement; Longmont Must Lead Transition to Clean Energy
Sustainable Resilient Longmont Partners with Sierra Club to form 100% Renewable Energy Campaign
Longmont, CO June 2, 2017---As Donald Trump withdraws the United States from the Paris climate agreement, local leadership in Longmont has become imperative. Across the country, mayors and cities are driving the transition away from fossil fuels to more environmentally-friendly and cheaper forms of energy. More than 25 cities nationally have committed to 100 percent clean energy, including Boulder, Aspen, Fort Collins and Pueblo. Now is the time for Mayor Coombs and our officials in Longmont to rise to this moment and show that Longmont will join this growing movement of cities committed to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Just this week, U.S. Conference of Mayors Vice President Mayor Steve Benjamin introduced a landmark resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors that would formally establish support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in cities nationwide. Mayor Coombs has an opportunity to endorse the goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2030 in Longmont and join over 60 other mayors nationwide in supporting this vision.
Sustainable Resilient Longmont formed a Renewable Energy Committee working to transition Longmont 100% renewable energy by 2030. The community is invited to a launch party on June 17th at 300 Suns Brewing featuring speeches by local public officials, including State Representatives Jonathan Singer, Mike Foote, State Senator Matt Jones and Council Members Polly Christensen and Joan Peck. Council Member Peck, who is also an advisor to the SRL Board of Directors stated that “Transitioning to renewable energy makes sense not only to protect our environment but also to create jobs and reduce energy bills. I fully support Longmont investing in more renewable energy. It’s the right thing to do for our environment, our economy and to protect future generations from the disastrous effects of climate change.”
Following the campaign launch, SRL plans to educate the community throughout the summer to generate grassroots support for a City Council resolution in the fall. “Longmont is at a crossroads. As we grow, the choice between continuing our dependence on fossil fuels or moving to clean energy could not be more clear. I’m proud that Sustainable Resilient Longmont has taken on the issue of renewable energy, led by committee chair Karen Dike. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge about the environmental activism from her work fighting oil and gas development in Longmont. I’m excited about the possibilities ahead for this campaign,” added SRL Board Chair Abby Driscoll. For more information about SRL’s Renewable Energy Committee, please visit http://www.srlongmont.org/renewable-energy.html For more information about the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign please visit: http://sierraclub.org/rocky-mountain-chapter/ready-for-100
WHAT: Longmont Renewable Energy Campaign Launch Party
WHEN: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: 300 Suns Brewing 335 1st Ave, Longmont, CO 80501