SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a commitment Wednesday to eliminate the state’s climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter of a century, including incentives to buy money and electricity to keep clean-energy nuclear power plants running. Vehicles.
NSlegislationinvests in the development of renewable solar and wind energy. It also provides incentives for individual actions, such as discounts of up to $4,000 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Pritzker wants 1 million electric cars on the road by 2030.
“There is no time to lose. But what we can do is fight to stop and even reverse the damage done to our climate. As of today, Illinois is a force for good, for an environmental future we can be proud of,” Pritzker said on Wednesday.
To achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral Illinois by 2045, the law supports two nuclear power plants, which owner Exelon says are unprofitable: the Byron power station and the Dresden power plant in Morris. A taxpayer-funded $700 million subsidy to Exelon saves thousands of utilities-related jobs and the massive amounts of clean energy they provide, accelerating the state’s race with the climate from the start.
It’s also shutting down coal-fired power stations to generate electricity, a number that has been drastically reduced over the past decade due to technology that makes natural gas easier to obtain. Those most affected are in the capital, Springfield, and St. They are municipally owned utilities in Marissa, 41 miles (66 kilometers) southeast of St.
Springfield taxpayers upgraded City Water, Light & Power to clean up their emissions. And the 2012 opening of Prairie State Generating Co. in Marissa under clean air laws approved by the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama reveals the economic and ideological struggle over the seriousness of the threat of climate change and how best to stop it.
With action on the fringes in the fresh air for decades, Pritzker turned the idea into a campaign promise, and when he took office in 2019,found himself among other newly elected Democratic officeholdersWho has adopted similar plans.