Three years ago, when the Sierra Club launched its Ready For 100 campaign to encourage cities to commit to 100% renewable energy, we knew that local action would be a key component of speeding the transition from fossil fuels, but we didn’t know just how important it would become. Thanks to the federal government’s forced retreat from climate action under Donald Trump, the policy momentum for clean, renewable energy is now coming from local governments, with states like Hawaii and California, and cities from Atlanta to San Diego, leading the way. Trump can double down on denial and fawn over fossil fuels until he’s red in the face, but he can’t stop progress. And so it is that this week Ready For 100 passed a major milestone as Cincinnati became the 100th city in the United States to officially commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. As successful as our Ready For 100 campaign has already been, I think we’ll see even faster progress in the years to come. That’s partly because as more cities sign on it encourages others to follow suit, but it’s also because public support for renewable energy is at an all-time high. According to polling conducted on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, more than 80 percent of the population supports 100 percent clean energy.
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