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.
As states look ahead to meeting tough power plant carbon regulations from the EPA, debates are raging over which energy sources will power the coal-dependent Midwest — with one of the toughest to resolve underway in Illinois.