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reducing the average commute in Los Angeles from 15 to 13 miles a day by 2025, and 9 miles by 2035 by increasing public transit and by imposing “congestion pricing” that would make driving more expensive in some traffic-choked areas;
other carbon-reducing moves such as shifting the city to 100 percent renewable energy, increasing the use of local water resources, reducing air pollution from industrial facilities and the port, and slashing emissions from waste in the food system.
According to The Times, Garcetti argued that “fighting climate change, expanding the economy and improving people’s quality of life ‘go hand in hand.”’The city’s sustainability plan estimates the creation of 300,000 ‘green jobs’ by 2035, on top of the 35,000 green jobs Garcetti says have already been created since he took office.”
Why This Matters: If Washington won’t pass an infrastructure bill, and the Green New Deal is too radical for the country, then cities like Denver, New York, and Los Angeles will “just do it” themselves. If all politics is local, then that is where the Green New Deal will have to begin. New York City’s City Council and Mayor passed their Green New Deal about 10 days ago. It is looking more and more like a race to the top led by mayors and local governments. Good for them.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though many companies have publicly announced their commitments to achieving net-zero emissions, new research paints a more sobering picture — less than a quarter of the world’s large public companies are on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement by 2050. In fact, emissions have continued to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As President Biden’s long-anticipated virtual Earth Day climate summit begins today, dozens of companies are set to announce significant investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and conservation to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet it will be the global financial sector that will be subject to increased pressure […]
Today the Biden administration unveils its American Jobs Plan and it is chock full of actions that will create jobs and address climate change and environmental justice issues. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Presidential Climate Envoy Kerry is traveling later this week to the United Arab Emirates and then on to India.
Why This Matters: Climate policy is central to both the Biden foreign and domestic agendas.
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