This week, Governor Pritzker signed a bill that regulates the toxic coal ash impacting our communities. As an Outreach Director for the Faith in Place Action Fund and one of the leaders of Clean Power Lake County, I am so grateful for everything you did to help make this law a reality. We are grateful to see this big step forward, and sincerely thank all the organizers and advocates who fought hard for this victory. We were even featured in the Chicago Tribune! [Read more…]
Right now, a bill is working its way through Congress called the RECLAIM Act, which commits $1 billion to help clean up dangerous abandoned coal mines while creating thousands of reclamation jobs across the country.
Abandoned mine sites create problems such as polluted streams, underground mine fires, and piles of coal waste. The funding is intended to help resource-strapped states and tribes clean up over 20,000 high priority sites that remain unaddressed.
Unfortunately, Congressman Rodney Davis still hasn’t signed on as a cosponsor.
Coal companies are shutting down unprofitable, dirty coal plants in states across the country, and they’re leaving workers behind. This bill would provide an immediate economic boost to communities by putting laid-off miners to work, while protecting the planet for future generations.
Tell Congressman Rodney Davis to support the RECLAIM Act today!
From protecting Illinois communities from toxic coal ash and dangerous Ethylene Oxide emissions, to creating a new Clean Water Workforce Pipeline to provide training and resources for careers in water infrastructure, we have a lot to celebrate from the past few months. Each of these bills passed both the Senate and the House, and we now need the Governor to sign these important environmental justice bills. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to tell Governor Pritzker to sign our bills into law without delay!
We aren’t done yet. Right now, we’re just three votes away from having enough votes to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in the Senate.
And there is a fierce urgency to this moment; if we don’t pass CEJA soon, we won’t have the resources we need to build clean energy infrastructure across the state. That means a lot of qualified people won’t be hired or could lose the jobs that they already have. That’s why I’ve been spending a lot of time meeting with our elected officials to stress the importance of this moment.
We always talk about the importance of protecting our planet, with good reason, but this is also a jobs bill. Too many people in our communities don’t have access to careers in this growing field. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would change that, and that’s why I hope you will take two minutes right now to contact your legislators!
The Illinois General Assembly will be back in session in October, and we’re planning a big Lobby Day for the 29th. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details!
Thank you for all of your work,
Pastor Scott Onque’
I’m at the State Capitol building in Springfield today as our state legislators are currently meeting for a special session.
I urgently need your help.
Earlier this month, both the Senate and the House overwhelmingly passed environmental justice resolutions that support funding for the Illinois Solar for All program – a breakthrough new program created by the Future Energy Jobs Act that would create job training programs and expand access to solar energy and solar jobs to economically disadvantaged communities.
However, a budget proposal by Senate Republicans – and endorsed by Gov. Rauner – would sweep every penny of the $185 million designated for the Illinois Solar for All program. [Read more…]