Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana showcase bipartisan support for 100 percent clean energy
OAKLAND, Calif. – 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, following city council votes on Tuesday establishing 100 percent 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 percent renewable energy.
Madison and Abita Springs join a growing coalition of cities committed to 100 percent renewable energy. Few places, however, illustrate the diversity of support for clean energy than Madison and Abita Springs.
In November, more than 70 percent of Madison voters cast ballots supporting Hillary Clinton, while nearly 75 percent of voters in St. Tammany Parish, where Abita Springs is located, supported Donald Trump. Tuesday’s 100 percent clean energy commitments illustrate the common 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.
In response to Tuesday’s commitments, Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, issued the following statement:
“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. 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.
“As the Trump Administration turns its back on clean air and clean water, cities and local leaders will continue to step up to drive the transition towards healthy communities and a more vibrant economy powered by the renewable energy.”
Mayor Greg Lemons of Abita Springs, Louisiana issued the following statement:
“As the mayor of a small town, I take seriously my responsibility to set the direction for our community.
“Transitioning to 100 percent 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.
“By establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal, we have an opportunity to use solar power that we can control in our community, for our community. Clean energy is a way that we can save money for Abita Springs both today and in the future.”
Madison Common Council Alder Zach Wood issued the following statement:
“Madison’s historic commitment to 100 percent clean energy shows that we are determined to lead the way in moving beyond fossil fuels that threaten our health and environment.The benefits of a transition to 100 percent clean energy are many. These goals will drive a clean energy economy that creates local jobs, provides affordable and sustainable electricity, and results in cleaner air and water. I am proud to be a part of this council that has made the historic commitment that will lead our community to a more sustainable future.”