Far from Venice Beach and the movie studios of Hollywood, dirty out-of-state coal-fired power plants provide Los Angeles with more electricity than any other electricity source.
Angelenos have plenty of reasons to push for a coal-free L.A. These old and dirty coal plants are a financial threat to Angelenos, they are a public health nightmare, they are worsening climate change, and they are blocking modern energy sources that could create jobs for people in L.A. Now Los Angeles residents can add another reason to the list: L.A.’s continued coal use threatens a National Park.
Alton Coal Development LLC has already announced that it will send its coal to the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) near Delta, Utah, which in turn, sends 75% of its electricity to the Los Angeles area. Simply put: L.A.’s thirst for coal-fired power is driving demand for a massive strip mine on the doorstep of a national park.
Decision-makers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have a choice. They can continue to hand over their customers’ money to out-of-state coal companies that threaten a national park, or they can choose to invest in clean-energy solutions here in Los Angeles that create family-wage jobs for Angelenos. Los Angeles’ leaders can help protect a national park from the coal industry by ensuring the Department of Water and Power commits to a plan to phase out IPP by 2020 or sooner.