Will Los Angeles vote to divest from DAPL?

April 7, 2017

Will Los Angeles vote to divest from DAPL?

The City of Los Angeles has a debate on its hands. And no, it’s not whether the Lakers will reach 25 wins or not.

Last week, two city councilmembers introduced a motion for the city to divest from Wells Fargo due to their funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over the past year, the construction of the pipeline has led to mass protests across the country as concerns over Native American rights and environmental welfare grew louder and louder.

“The city has historically upheld strong principals protective of the environment and the health and welfare of its residents. Wells Fargo’s support of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is at odds with these principals,” as stated in the motion filed by Councilmembers O’Farrell and Koretz.

The pipeline, which will carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, is a reminder of our continued reliance on fossil fuels despite the availability of clean, renewable energy sources.

Empowered By Light and Native Renewables, two grantees of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, have brought clean, solar energy to the Native American Tribes at Standing Rock, including 350kW of solar modules that will build a community solar farm this year.

Renewable energy is a reality, and with a vote to divest, Los Angeles can vote for a more sustainable future.


Gregory Lopez
Climate Program Director

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