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Los Angeles Will Replace 3 Gas-Fired Power Plants With Clean Energy

By Sophie Hirsh

The people of Los Angeles can get ready to breathe some cleaner air (during those rare times they're not sitting in Los Angeles traffic, that is). As Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 12, he plans to shut down three of the city's gas-powered power plants and replace them with renewable energy sources.

“Over the next decade we will phase out operations at these three plants, altogether talking about more than one-third of our natural gas portfolio,” Garcetti said at the press conference, as per CBS Los Angeles. “This is the beginning of the end of natural gas at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The climate crisis demands that we move more quickly to end dependence on fossil fuel, and that’s what today is all about,” he added, as per Digital Journal

Garcetti further explained the importance of this decision by comparing it to the Green New Deal. “This is what a Green New Deal looks like,” Garcetti said during the press conference, as per Green Tech Media. “At the local level, we do what is right with a great utility owned by the people of Los Angeles, one that has made history and built this town, and that is now adjusting to the times. Now, it's going to a place of leadership where we can show the world and the rest of this country what it means to not only be able to have the power that we need to sustain our life, but to do it in a way that doesn't kill life on earth.”