A total of 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. This news follows city council votes this week establishing 100% renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana.
Madison and Abita Springs represent the first Wisconsin and Louisiana cities to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy. The two cities join a growing coalition of cities committed to 100% renewable energy. Few places, however, illustrate the diversity of support for clean energy than Madison and Abita Springs.
In November, more than 70% of Madison voters cast ballots supporting Hillary Clinton, while nearly 75% of voters in St. Tammany Parish, where Abita Springs is located, supported Donald Trump.
The recent 100% clean energy commitments illustrate the common and bipartisan benefits that renewable energy presents to both big cities and rural towns alike, from lower energy costs and local job creation to pollution reduction and climate mitigation.
“Whether you’re Republican or a Democrat, from a liberal college city or a rural Louisiana town, clean energy is putting America back to work and benefitting communities across the country,” said Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. “That’s why Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana, today join the ranks of 23 other cities and towns across the United States that are going all-in on clean, renewable energy.
“Transitioning to 100% renewable energy is a practical decision we’re making for our environment, our economy, and for what our constituents want in Abita Springs. Politics has nothing to do with it for me. Clean energy just makes good economic sense,” said Mayor Greg Lemons of Abita Springs, Louisiana.
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