Al Gore says Los Angeles's plan to go 'coal free' makes it one of top 5 cities fighting global warming

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Former Vice President Al Gore joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the L.A. Department of Water and Power Friday to celebrate LA's plan to go “coal free” within the next 12 years.

“What you have done, Mr. Mayor, and what your team and the people of Los Angeles have done, is to not only take a dramatic and inspiring step to help solve the climate crisis," Gore said. "You’re also inspiring hope that democracy works in America, and that with leadership we can do great things.”

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Gore said the goal is a “big deal” because it’s something few cities have taken on.

“Let me tell you what they are: London, Toronto, Copenhagen and Berlin. Los Angeles joins that list of the five greatest cities in the world where combating global warming is concerned,” he said.

The LADWP currently gets 40 percent of its energy from coal-fired plants in Utah and Arizona. The utility voted on Tuesday to amend its contract with Intermountain Power Project in Utah to use its natural gas plant instead.

The city council still has to approve the plan.

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