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Mayor’s plan to curtail warming

first_imgUnder the mayor’s plan, the DWP will aim to buy 35 percent of its energy from green sources by 2020. Currently the DWP gets 8 percent of its power from renewable sources. Last year, the DWP board and city leaders cleared the way for power rate hikes to cover higher prices for buying renewable energy, but rates haven’t yet been affected, General Manager Ronald Deaton said. Schwarzenegger praised the mayor’s action plan, saying it builds on the state’s global warming initiative approved last year. “L.A.’s plan shows that cities can take local action to find global solutions,” the governor said in a statement. Villaragiosa said the lack of action by the federal government has spurred him and other local leaders to act. “It’s precisely because of the regressive policy of the federal government and this administration that cities and counties and states are leading the way,” he said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 Aiming to best the governor and other big-city mayors pushing to curtail global warming, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a plan Tuesday designed to slash greenhouse gases in Los Angeles by 2020. The plan, which is being presented today to an international conference of mayors, calls for the city to cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 19 million tons – or 35 percent below levels measured in 1990. Villaraigosa and City Council members said it’s the most ambitious goal set by any U.S. city, and it exceeds Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pledge to reduce greenhouses gases statewide to 1990 levels by 2010. “It may not be easy to be green. But we can’t be a great global city unless we assume global environment leadership,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference. There was no price tag accompanying the action plan. However, it includes many initiatives already under way, such as concentrating development along transit lines to reduce vehicle use and buying more electricity from renewable energy resources. Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti said the plan sets an aggressive schedule and adds urgency to existing programs. “We’re not starting something new here today,” Garcetti said. “We’re midway through a change in the way we all act – as government, as private sector and as individuals here in Los Angeles.” Los Angeles has a major advantage in the race to cut greenhouse gas levels. Its Department of Water and Power – the nation’s largest municipal utility – is responsible for generating nearly one-third of the city’s carbon dioxide emissions. Simply fulfilling the DWP’s pledge to buy 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2010 will push the city to 7 percent below 1990 levels, according to the mayor’s staff. last_img read more