Often the greatest hurdle to climate action is the misperception that investing in climate solutions will cost jobs. In Illinois, lawmakers are addressing this head-on, and have introduced a bill that would boost local economies, create clean jobs, and improve the environment.
The Illinois Clean Jobs Bill would require the state to source 35% of its power from renewables by 2030. To accomplish this, investments would be made in wind and solar, creating stable, well paying jobs for residents of the state. It would also be a first step in meeting the targets set by the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Plan.
Illinois legislators are addressing climate by focusing on the benefits that it will bring to communities: a healthy environment to raise families; clean, well paying and stable jobs; ; a perfect combination for a sustainable future. To follow in the footsteps of these leaders, and advance climate solutions in your community, visit Path to Positive Communities today!
Those concerned about climate change, improving air quality, and energy efficiency, are calling on lawmakers to approve the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.
A collection of central Illinois Health Advocates gathered at Unity House of Prayer Church in Peoria to encourage passage of the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.
Brian Urbaszewski says it would mean the state would need to get 35 percent of its power from clean energy sources by 20-30. So it would be a big build out of infrastructure for more wind power, for more solar power in Illinois; things that don’t emit any air pollution. That’s going to help us meet our obligation under the federal clean power plan. But it’s something we don’t have to wait for the federal government to do.”
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