The Illinois Senate have approved a new energy bill that will now move to the Governor’s office, where Governor JB Pritzker has said he will sign it. Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton praised the bill saying,
“Today, Illinois confirmed its commitment to climate justice with the passage of Senate Bill 2408, which Gov. Pritzker has pledged to sign. Three years in the making, this historic legislation includes numerous provisions to end Illinois’ reliance on fossil fuels and transition to 100% clean energy by 2050. Recently, we have seen the devastating effects of rising temperatures through wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts. Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities bear the brunt of this global emergency. This law ensures they will have a voice in our efforts to slow climate change through expanded job opportunities and entrepreneurial inclusion in the clean energy sector.”
Republicans spoke out against the energy bill. State Senator Steve McClure says there are many unanswered questions concerning the costs of new regulations being imposed on homeowners, businesses, and of course the energy industry itself.
Senator McClure went on and said that the difference is going to be negligible to the environment.
Senator Chapin Rose says that the differences between upstate and downstate Illinois are hurting downstate Illinois.
Senator Rose also added that at the end of the day, Illinois will pay more for the same product.
The bill was passed by the Senate 37-17.