By Rachel Lane, CBS News, Posted on YouTube
As those fighting climate change look toward grand government schemes such as the Green New Deal, little Holyoke, Massachusetts, is showing how to make the kinds of on-the-ground
transformations needed to win the war. How this city of just 40,000 went from having the last
coal-powered plant in Massachusetts to laying claim to its largest solar farm might prove a
valuable blueprint as more cities and states set goals for 100 percent renewable energy. It
wasn’t easy, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight. But thanks to a lot of foresight and the recognition that the time had come to actively prepare for a future quite different from the
past, Holyoke made a series of conscious decisions that are already paying off.
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The Conservative Texas Mayor Leading the Charge With Renewable Energy Talks About the Green New Deal, PBS Frontline
Mayor Dale Ross: I think that I can speak to experience on Georgetown; when we first did the … contracts on renewable energy, it was predictably a business deal, but what we’ve realized since then [is] there’s tremendous economic benefits and there’s also environmental benefits that speak for themselves. There are a lot of companies in this country that have robust green policies and they want to be a part of cities and communities that are supportive of those robust policies.
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