Illinois is weighing a 100 percent renewable energy bill that includes jobs, equity, and social justice
Written by Umair Irfan, Vox
Illinois’s general assembly is weighing a bill that sets an aggressive target of decarbonizing the state’s energy by 2030 and running the state completely on renewable energy by 2050. That
includes deploying more than 40 million solar panels and 2,500 wind turbines alongside
$20 billion in new infrastructure over the next decade. The bill also calls for cutting emissions from transportation and for vastly expanding the clean energy workforce.
But it also leans into many of the social justice ideas outlined in the Green New Deal resolution. “In the wake of federal reversals on climate action, the State of Illinois should pursue immediate
action on policies that will ensure a just and responsible phase out of fossil fuels from the
power sector to reduce harmful emissions from Illinois power plants, support power plant
communities and workers, and allow the clean energy economy to continue growing in every corner of Illinois,” according to the text of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB 2132/ HB 3624).
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About the Writer
Umair Irfan covers climate change, energy, and the environment for Vox. He is also a
contributor to Science Friday. Before joining Vox, Umair was a reporter for ClimateWire at E&E News in Washington, DC, where he covered health and climate change, science, and energy
policy. In 2016, he received a Sasakawa Peace Foundation fellowship to report on Japan’s
energy sector, economy, and culture. In 2014, he was awarded the Arthur F. Burns fellowship to cover Germany’s energy transition.
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