ALTON — Metro East residents will join in the celebration of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan on Wednesday, Aug. 5, as they call on state Sen. William Haine and state Rep. Daniel Beiser to support the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.
According to supporters, the Clean Power Plan aims to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and offers the state of Illinois an opportunity to modernize how it gets its energy while creating jobs and cutting pollution.
Advocates say Haine and Beiser have an opportunity to join legislators from across the state and party lines to pass a bill that could increase energy efficiency, fix the renewable portfolio standard to work better for Illinois workers and create 1,607 clean energy jobs in Madison County each year.
The proposed market-based approach in the bill will help reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective manner while creating clean energy jobs in every Illinois community — from Alton to Waukegan. Most important, it will create revenue for coal communities and low-income communities to use to invest in for workforce development and direct bill assistance for consumers.
“This is a vital time in the transition to clean energy in Illinois,” Youth Environmental Network founder Rebecca Laurent said. “The Clean Jobs Bill lays out a plan to meet the carbon reductions mandated by the EPA by retiring old coal plants, creating thousands of new jobs in clean energy, and providing a responsible transition for workers. In order to get this bill passed, we will be delivering petitions to our local legislators and Governor Rauner. YEN is going to help make this happen.”
On the morning of Aug. 5, Metro East residents will meet in front of Haine’s office for a press conference and to call on Haine and Beiser to support the bill. Those interested in attending this rally and celebration should contact Elizabeth Scrafford at (208) 818-4626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.