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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Ready for 100 Resolution in La Crosse

The Ready for 100 resolution pledging the city of La Crosse to achieving zero carbon emissions and all energy from 100% renewable sources by 2050 or sooner will be before the City Council's Judiciary and Administration (J&A) Committee on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the main floor of City Hall.

If you would like to attend and register in support of the resolution, please arrive before 6 p.m. when registration ends. Register in support of resolution #19-0471. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SPEAK. In fact, we are hoping to have only one or two speakers in the interest of time.

The committee will vote on the resolution and it will move forward to the City Council with a recommendation for or against or no recommendation.

The full council will vote on the resolution at its July 11 meeting. The original resolution was referred in May. We hope the updated version will have even  more city council supporters. You can read the resolution at the city's legislative web site. http://cityoflacrosse.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3926780&GUID=B34D11C1-7372-4F3A-A98E-A06C2B6D3465

If you are not able to attend the July 2 meeting, no problem. We will try to have a good crowd of supporters at the July 11 Council meeting, too (no public hearing, just a show of support), and we hope to introduce similar legislation at the county level next.

If you have any questions, please email us or call or text  608 315-2693. 

If it passes on July 11, La Crosse will join more than 100 towns, cities, counties, and states moving forward with plans to improve the health, environment, and economies of their communities. Chicago has pledged 100% renewables. Puerto Rico has pledged. The state of Washington has pledged. Orange County, NC has pledged. 

Our mayor has already pledged his support. 

In fact some communities have already achieved 100% renewable goals including Georgetown, TX and Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT and Rockport, MO.

There are many reasons this is a good and needed plan. Xcel Energy has already committed to carbon zero and is adding renewables to its portfolio, in part because of consumer pressure and in part because of economics. Renewable electricity generation is cheaper than fossil fuels. Moving our whole state to in-state generated renewable energy would boost our economy by billions of dollars.

Moving to renewables nationwide will mean an end to oil bomb trains, frac sand mines, oil and gas pipelines, fracking wastewater pollution, petroleum processing explosions, and more. 

Preparing for a transition to 100% renewable heating will grow many new jobs - assessing systems and needed upgrades, refurbing buildings, creating new processes and products, building and installing renewable systems.

A renewable carbon free future is expected to help rural economies, too, with "dual use" solar agriculture and carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture.

Transitioning to 100 renewables for transportation will mean supporting and beefing up an electric bus public transit system, siting and installing EV charging stations, and eliminating health effects of fossil fuel exhaust (even psychological effects.)

In the end, economics and public pressure will make change happen no matter what. Pledging and planning now will allow communities to start saving money on reliable renewable energy and stop wasting money on old systems and inefficient plans while the transition is occurring. 

Here's a little report on Feldheim in Germany, a 100% renewable self-sustaining village. Here's an energy village in Germany featured in an Energy Fair presentation last weekend.  Finally,




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