Bluestem Action Alert

May 10, 2007

 

Ask your IL State Representative to cosponsor SB 1184:

The Affordable and Clean Energy Standards Act (ACES)

 

Our energy bill has passed the Senate!Thank you for all your work on this.It would not have passed without many calls from constituents.The bill keeps the same name in the House: SB 1184.

 

We need your calls again, this time to your state representative.Please ask your state representative to cosponsor SB1184. Cosponsoring is a higher level of commitment than simply voting yes.It means your representative puts his name on the bill in advance of the vote.

 

The environmental community has never managed to get an energy bill out of committee, let alone through the Senate.Please help us see this bill to the end by making your call to your state representative.

 

SB1184 (ACES) will drastically reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming; it will reduce the spent nuclear waste being stored in Illinois and reduce the nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter that causes cancer and asthma.

 

It will also decrease our energy costs in Illinois by using the laws of supply and demand.

 

Part one of the bill mandates that the utility companies promote energy efficiency on the consumer end.The Utilities must come up with their own plan which will be approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Their efforts must result in a decrease in use of fossil fuels.

 

Consumers who take advantage of utility company offers (which could include promotions for compact fluorescent light bulbs, insulation, etc.) will see an immediate drop in their utility bills.All consumers will benefit as a decrease in demand for energy reduces the price.

 

Part two is the renewable energy portfolio. Utilities must use 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. This will reduce rates in the long run because it will add to the energy supply.

 

In this year of rate increases, the message that sells is that this bill is a long term answer to the high cost of energy.However, as environmentalists, we know that this bill will also dramatically reduce air pollution and carbon emissions.The public health benefits will be immediate and the planetary benefits will last for generations.

 

This is a state bill. You can call your Illinois state representative in Springfield at 217-782-8223.Ask for him/her by name.You can find out who your Illinois senator is as well as access his/her email and local phone number at http://www.ilga.gov.

 

Be sure to leave your name and address so they know you are a constituent.

 

More information is on the Illinois Sierra Club Website at http://illinois.sierraclub.org.Click on legislation in the green band at the left.

 

Thanks for making the call.We canít win without you.

 

Linda Sullivan

Lsullivan23@hotmail.com