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An Illinois bill leans into the most contentious part of the Green New Deal

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).
Read more here.

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.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

There’s now an official Green New Deal. Here’s what’s in it.

By David Roberts, Vox

It’s worth noting just what a high-wire act the authors of this resolution are attempting. It has to offer enough specifics to give it real shape and ambition, without overprescribing solutions or prejudging differences over secondary questions. It has to please a diverse range of interest groups, from environmental justice to labor to climate, without alienating any of them. It has to stand up to intense scrutiny (much of it sure to be bad faith), with lots of people gunning for it from both the right and center. And, of course, it eventually has to give birth to real legislation.

Given all those demands, the resolution does a remarkably good job of threading the needle. It is bold and unmistakably progressive, matched to the problem as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, while avoiding a few needless fights and leaving room for plenty of debate over priorities and policy tools. Read more here.

According to one survey, the Green New Deal has strong bipartisan support, with 92% of
Democrats and 64% of Republicans in favor of such a plan.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey’s Green New Deal Resolution (PDF)

Flickr Photo by Martin Tidbury