Time is now for clean energy
Congratulations to the Sun-Times for an excellent editorial on the merits of passing clean energy legislation in Illinois.
During the past few years, Illinois has become a leader in the development of clean, renewable energy. The industry has brought new job growth to our state, and continuing this trend should be a priority for the Illinois State Legislature.
Good-paying jobs are not the only benefit of clean energy legislation. It only makes sense to diversify our energy mix. More renewable energy will help reduce our carbon footprint and help clean our environment at a time when climate change is a clear and present danger.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act is also designed to help consumers and is strongly supported by the Citizens Utility Board, a pro-consumer nonprofit working to keep utility rates affordable.
Polls show that clean renewable energy is supported by a strong majority of Illinois residents.
It’s time to pass legislation that will continue a real success story and be a win-win-win-win by driving job growth, attracting investment, protecting consumers and cleaning our environment, all at the same time. Mark Kraemer, Wilmette