lllinois’ Only Chance

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 2030.

Under the plan, Illinois is required to cut emissions 31 percent. That won’t be easy, but we have a key tool to reach that goal: the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.

20150810_CleanJobsThe Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (House Bill 2607/Senate Bill 1485) is a plan to cut power bills and create jobs in the state.   The measure would 1) improve efficiency standards, allowing Illinois to cut costly electricity waste by 20 percent by 2025; and 2) strengthen the power grid by requiring 35 percent of energy to come from cleaner, less costly renewable sources, like solar and wind, by 2030. (The current standard is 25 percent.) The bill would add 32,000 energy-related jobs a year once fully implemented.

Furthermore, the Clean Jobs Bill is the only legislation in Springfield that could help Illinois meet its federal goals, while saving consumers $1.6 billion on their electric bills.

But big power generators want to kill the bill, because its efficiency provisions would eat into their bottom lines.  Don’t let them win.

Together, we can achieve a clean, affordable future. Please, tell your legislators: I support the Illinois Clean Jobs bill.

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One Response to lllinois’ Only Chance

  1. A frugal environmentalist says:

    Megan, I would like to know why you are supporting this bill. Basically, it is a give away to the natural gas industry. The natural gas industry is funding this effort to eliminate competition from the primary sources of carbon free energy in Illinois: the wind and nuclear power generators. The wind and nuclear generators allow us to power our cars with carbon free electricity. The wind and nuclear power generators allow us to heat our homes with heat pumps powered by carbon free nuclear (and wind) generators. You seem to want to prevent people like me from switching to cleaner sources of energy. I don’t want to buy gasoline. Gasoline is the number one polluter in our country. I don’t want it. And I don’t want a car powered by natural gas. I don’t have natural gas in my home because it is an obsolete and dirty fuel. Your efforts to shut down the nuclear plants and prevent wind expansion will prevent many others from ditching their gasoline powered cars because we will not have the capacity to power them with a grid crippled by your legislation. This is a bad bill. Please, everyone, contact your representative to vote against it. Don’t give the natural gas industry a monopoly in our energy future.

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