On Monday the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved the city's commitment to transition to 100% clean energy.
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ECOWATCH — St. Petersburg represents the first city in Florida and the 20th in the country to make such a commitment.
In a unanimous vote, the City Council Committee of the Whole allocated $250K of BP Oil Spill settlement funds to an "Integrated Sustainability Action Plan," which will chart a roadmap to 100% renewable energy.
In addition, the plan also incorporates components of a climate action plan, a resiliency plan, and strategies for St. Petersburg to achieve a 5 STAR Community rating. The 100% clean energy roadmap builds on Mayor Rick Kriseman's executive order establishing a net-zero energy goal for the city earlier in 2016.
"The movement for clean energy in cities and towns across the country is now more important than ever," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said. "Whether you're from a red state or a blue state, clean energy works for everyone and local leaders will continue to move forward to create more jobs, stronger communities, and cleaner air and water."
"This is a historic moment for St. Pete," Emily Gorman, campaign manager for Suncoast Sierra Club's Ready for 100% St. Pete, said. "We envision a city where families can raise their kids in communities free from toxic pollution, where everyone has the opportunity for a good job and access to healthy, affordable energy. The transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy will ensure a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future for all our residents."
On a related note, President-elect Donald Trump, who has expressed doubts about climate change being real, appeared to soften his stance in a meeting with reporters from the New York Times Tuesday, conceding there was "some connectivity" between humans and the issue. The idea of climate change caused by human activity is something that is accepted by nearly the entire scientific community.
Trump also told the Times Tuesday he had an open mind about an international climate agreement approved by world leaders last year in Paris that was aimed at mandating energy shifts worldwide to help combat climate change. That's a significant shift from a man who once claimed climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government.
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