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San Diego will run on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035
San Diego commits to becoming the US largest city to adopt a 100 per cent renewable energy plan, which will create new jobs, boost electric mobility and reduce waste.
San Diego is a US city in Southern California, the last you come across before the border with Mexico. However, it’s likely to become the first – and the largest – US city to meet its 100 per cent renewable energy goal. The city council has recently signed unanimously the Climate Action Plan.
The Republican mayor (despite the declarations of presidential candidate Donald Trump) approved the plan with the precise aim of using 100 per cent renewable energy and halving emissions by 2035.
“San Diego took a landmark step toward securing a greener and more prosperous future,” mayor Faulconer said in a statement. “We’ve done something remarkable, bringing business and environmental interests together in a bipartisan manner to support a cleaner community and a stronger economy.”
San Diego’s Climate Action Plan
The plan involves a series of policies to make the city greener. The project will “help create new jobs in the renewable energy industry, improve public health and air quality, conserve water, more efficiently use existing resources, increase clean energy production, improve quality of life and save taxpayer money”. It’s a plan to develop renewables, reduce waste and boost electric mobility.
San Diego’s decision is really meaningful as it is made by a political camp that has always denied climate change and accused the “environmental” choices of the government, while economically supporting detractors, sceptics and oil giants.
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