Clean Energy Jobs Act addresses climate change

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The Landmark presented an innovative green approach to storm water management in an op-ed and article in the July 29 edition. The partnership between the Nature Conservancy and the Metropolitan Planning Council could help alleviate the problem of flooding in Riverside and Brookfield neighborhoods that has become more troublesome in the last decade. Future weather may well increase the number of properties along Salt Creek and the Des Plaines River that flood in times of excessive rainfall.

The plan does not address the cause of increased flooding, among other issues, however. The Chicago area recently experienced the warmest months of June through August ever recorded based, on the average summer temperature measured by the National Weather Service. 

Northern Illinois was recently struck by violent derecho storms causing much damage. Lake Michigan water levels have reached all time high levels. It has been a long hot summer in many ways as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout as well as civil disruption. 

Climate change is believed responsible for many of the weather extremes we have experienced. Greenhouse gas emissions are a primary cause of climate change. The Clean Energy Jobs Act has been introduced in bills before the Illinois House and Senate. 

The CEJA aims to address the problem of carbon emissions by incentivizing renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels. It would also lead to the creation of jobs in the renewable energy field and ensure that many of these jobs would be accessible to communities affected by economic disruption. These jobs would outlast the current crises.

Local state representatives Michael Zalewski, Elizabeth Hernandez and Edgar Gonzalez as well as senators Kimberly Lightford and Celina Villanueva are among sponsors of the CEJA. Hopefully, they can help advance this bill to a vote during the upcoming veto session in Springfield.

Richard Swanson


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