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Sun-Times: Illinois needs the Clean Energy Jobs Act

On Friday the Chicago Sun-Times published an editorial making the case for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA).

“Illinois can do right by the environment and your monthly power bill at the same time,” the editorial said.

CEJA is legislation that would place Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy while growing the clean energy economy that expands equitable access to public health, safety, a cleaner environment, and quality jobs and economic opportunities.

With the clock ticking until the consequences of climate change become irreversible, states must take the lead on protecting the environment—and protecting consumers in the process.

Illinois went from having the highest average residential electric bills in the Midwest in the 1990s to the lowest average electric bills in the Midwest and the 6th lowest in the country—thanks to a series of clean energy laws over the years.

We now are leaders in affordable clean energy. But just because we are doing better than our neighbors doesn’t mean we are doing well enough.

“Any energy legislation that is passed by the Illinois Legislature this spring must do one thing above all: keep the lid on the price of electricity for average people,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.

And that’s exactly what CEJA will do. Tell your legislators: Pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act!