This week, the city of Norman, Oklahoma committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. According to the Sierra Club, the Norman City Council unanimously adopted the resolution, which states that Norman will transition to fully use clean energy like wind and solar for electricity by 2035, and across all sectors including heat and transportation by 2050.
“Momentum is building for 100% clean energy across the U.S., and today Norman showed it is a leader in Oklahoma by being the first city in the state to commit to this goal. Norman’s commitment to renewable energy is also a commitment to clean air, economic development, and a healthy future for our community,” said Karen Blasier, volunteer with the Norman Ready for 100 campaign. “After a year of engagement from the community and City of Norman, this vote is a victory for everyone.”
Across the United States, 69 cities have committed to 100% clean energy. While EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing a dangerous dirty energy agenda at the EPA, Norman’s commitment shows how communities in Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma — which is second in the nation in wind energy generation — are leading the charge to transition to 100 percent clean energy.
Norman is the first city in Oklahoma to make this commitment.
“The State of Oklahoma has been run and controlled by oil and gas interests for decades. However, the reality on the ground is that renewable energy is not only now a reality in Oklahoma,” said Johnson Bridgewater, Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club. “It is becoming an economic giant and improving Oklahoma’s environment for generations to come. Oklahoma is now second in the nation in wind energy production, and our state is positioned to become a national leader in solar energy too if cities like Norman, Oklahoma make the right choice for our future and back commitments like Ready for 100.”
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