Time is now for clean en­ergy

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

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

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