There is no way Illinois can achieve 100% clean energy as fast as necessary if the Byron and Dresden plants are shuttered. there is no way Illinois can achieve 100% clean energy as fast as necessary if the two plants are closed. Polluting fossil fuels would be given an edge, and thousands of good paying union jobs would be lost. Together, the plants generate 30% of the state's carbon-free energy. Together, they're also losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Environmentalists have always seen nuclear energy - far cleaner than fossil fuels - as an important bridge to making Illinois a renewable energy state. If this happens, Illinois will go backward on being a leader against climate change, and it will be a long time before we have the opportunity to right the ship again. Natural gas-fired plants will spew more greenhouse gases, including methane, into the atmosphere just at a time when we need to do all we can to keep the planet from overheating. The governor's office has showed it can pull together complex legislation and make it happen.
Please Make a deal happen.
The governor needs to do so - now - before Illinois is locked into fossil fuels for years to come.