Bring More Clean Energy to Illinois
In the last few weeks, more than 5,000 of us told our senators that we want to see an America powered by the wind and the sun, with a smaller carbon footprint and less dependence on fossil fuels.
I hope you’ll join me in helping us reach our goal of 10,000 e-mails to the Senate in favor of clean energy and stopping global warming. Click here to e-mail Sens. Burris and Durbin.
Right now, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill — the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act — that will cut global warming pollution and drive the production of more renewable energy in Illinois and across America.
The environmental benefits are clear: Our children will be better protected from global warming. Our air and water will be cleaner, with less pollution from dirty power plants.
But more clean energy also means putting more Illinoisans back to work. For example, improving the energy-efficiency of our homes, businesses and transportation systems would create 1 million new jobs in the United States by 2030 — including 52,200 jobs here in Illinois.
We know that Big Oil, the coal industry and other polluters have hired 2,000 lobbyists to stop President Obama’s energy plan — that’s nearly four lobbyists for every member of Congress.
That’s why I’m hoping more forward-thinking people like us will stand up and reclaim control of our energy future. Join us in taking action here.
Together, we can help make our country more energy-independent, put more people back to work, and build a cleaner and safer future. Thank you.
P.S. For more info on why America needs the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, see this new Progress Illinois Blog article by Environment Illinois’ Clean Energy Advocate, Brian Granahan: http://www.progressillinois.com/2009/10/8/columns/granahan-clean-energy
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