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Winning victories for clean energy.

This fall, the Illinois General Assembly passed "smart grid" legislation that includes major provisions for renewable energy and energy efficiency that Environment Illinois fought to have included in the bill. These key provisions will boost green jobs in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, cut health-harming pollution from energy production, and save consumers money. Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain and Max Muller lobbied on the successful team that brought the bill across the finish line.

News Release | Environment Illinois

President Recommits to Tackling Global Warming in Inaugural Address

"I am pleased that President Obama committed to do more to tackle global warming in his second term, building on the strong foundation his administration laid over the last four years."

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Carbondale Votes Unanimously to Support Statewide Fracking Moratorium

Carbondale, IL—In a unanimous decision, the Carbondale City Council passed a resolution calling on the Illinois General Assembly to “enact a moratorium on high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing until such time as the health and environmental concerns of the people of Illinois are addressed”. In this decision, Carbondale joins the Illinois towns of Carlyle, Anna and Alto Pass and Union and Jackson Counties in taking action supporting a moratorium, becoming the largest city yet to do so.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

New Report Identifies Seven Illinois Congressman as ‘Dirty Air Villains’ Who Consistently Voted Against Clean Air Protections

Seven Illinois congressmen--(Roskam, Walsh, Kinzinger, Hultgren, Manzullo, Schilling, and Shimkus) are among a total of 193 House members and 39 Senators rated as "Dirty Air Villains" in a new analysis by the NRDC Action Fund, which was published today on the website www.WhoVotesDirty.org and released with Environment Illinois.

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FedEx: We need to get off oil

FedEx, citing the economic and national security harms posed by oil dependence, and the inability to meet our energy needs by drilling alone, announces plan to get off oil. 

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News Release | Environment Illinois Research & Education Center

24 out of 25 Illinoisans Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters, New Report Finds—Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new report finds that the vast majority of Illinoisans live in counties recently affected by weather disasters. Given that global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Environment Illinois, and experts today called for U.S. EPA to finalize pending rules to cut the largest sources of dangerous carbon pollution.

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