This is definitely a triumphant week for renewable energies bringing home another victory, moving higher the bar of their goals. In the US, the city of Pueblo, Colorado and Moab, Utah, have joined efforts to a transition to 100% renewable energy becoming the twenty-second and twenty-third American cities committed to this path. A success felt even more important due to the past of Pueblo and Moab: both cities, in fact, have a history marked by suffering for the consequences of non-clean energy and the dependence on fossil fuels; but they have also on the horizon a better future.
The first to join was Pueblo City - the capital of the homonymy county - which has signed an agreement to supply its community with renewable energies, especially wind and solar, by 2035. The city has long been plagued by the high cost of electricity that makes not easy the management of savings for many families in the area, more than 7,000, forced to decide whether to pay current or medical care or expense. By transitioning to 100% renewable energy, Pueblo can safeguard its community from the high cost of electricity while creating more jobs and security.
Only 24 hours later, also Moab signed to the changeover but shortening the time: the final transition will take place by 2032. The city that each year attracts many tourists from all around the world as a base for exploring the neighbours – and spectacular – cranyonlands, has been marred by haze pollution from two neighboring coal plants, which threatens the local Moab tourism industry - the economic lifeblood of the community. Here the implications of climate change could not be more troubling. Rising temperatures, reduced water availability, economic instability, and other impacts threaten residents and city’s economy.
This journey that is far from polluting fuels and look to a future of greater prosperity, economic security and better quality of life for the America of Trump, marked by increasingly stringent and restrictive policies, is a strong and concrete sign that deviates from what frequently stated by the occupant of the White House. The new President, in fact, has repeatedly questioned the very existence of global warming, denying that it is an urgent threat and during the election campaign had promised to abolish all measures taken by Obama in the field as The Clean Power Act – the latter imposed to American power plants to reduce emissions – and to withdraw the US accession to the Paris climate. The Pueblo and Moab choices give hope that other American cities will follow their good example stopping pollution and global warming.