Washington Post: Bloomberg Gives $50 Million to Fight Coal Plants
By The Washington Post - JUL. 21, 2011
Today Mayor Bloomberg and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune announced a Bloomberg Philanthropies donation of $50 million to fight coal-fired power plants and help transition the United States to cleaner energy sources.
The Washington Post reports on how the partnership reflects a new approach to effecting environmental change:
The announcement, which Bloomberg and Brune will make together Thursday morning at the GenOn site, also underscores the extent to which environmentalists are focused on efforts beyond the Beltway, given the opposition in Congress to climate legislation. After the federal government failed to pass legislation imposing nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions, several environmental groups have shifted more resources to the state and local levels.
U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and President of the Board of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
IN MIKE'S WORDS
There are so many facets to climate change that make it difficult to address, but you don’t give up just because it’s difficult. You work harder.
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