Iowa cities can drive climate action with Paris Accord in flux

By Howard A. Learner, Opinion Contributor, Des Moines Register

Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and other municipalities have pledged to seize opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Growing local solar energy, storage and energy efficiency creates jobs, saves money, attracts investment and avoids carbon pollution. Local energy production keeps energy dollars in our communities, instead of paying to import electricity generated by coal, gas and uranium. Clean electric vehicles and buses in municipal fleets reduce fuel and maintenance costs, and avoid pollution. Improving energy efficiency in city buildings saves taxpayer money, reduces pollution and lessens maintenance costs. Read more here.

Howard A. Learner is the Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a leading environmental progress and economic development organization in the Midwest.

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Top Photo:  Solar panels on the roof of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, Iowa.
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