More than 190 nations came together in December in Paris and agreed to fight climate change and expand clean energy. For the first time in history, the international community has united against the climate threat. Countries, states, cities and companies have taken up our shared responsibility to protect communities from unchecked global warming. This joint effort isn’t just about preserving the environment. It’s also about strengthening our national security and our economic prosperity.
On the minds of many of Midwestern business leaders is what, exactly, is happening with business-friendly energy policies in Springfield? Of the energy bills currently under consideration, only one — the Clean Jobs Bill, legislation I’m co-sponsoring — will save consumers $1.8 billion, attract new capital and investment to Illinois and create 32,000 new jobs.
Who says the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is bad for business? Not Midwesterners Greg Smith, Ga-Young Park or millions of other businesspeople all across America. Truth is, the EPA’s plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has widespread support among businesses and others.