Willis Encourages Governor to Join U.S. Climate Alliance, Uphold Environmental Protections

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is encouraging Governor Rauner to ensure Illinois is on the forefront of combatting global warming despite the Trump administration’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Recently, I signed a letter along with Democrats from all branches of state government urging the Governor to join states across the nation in reasserting our commitment to a sustainable future,” Willis said. “In light of President Trump’s decision, it’s incumbent upon all of us to protect our environment.”

After Donald Trump announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the states of New York, California and Washington forged the U.S. Climate Alliance. Currently twelve states, Puerto Rico, hundreds of local governments and businesses have committed to working together to lower carbon emissions regardless of federal actions.

Willis is a sponsor of major legislation that would require the state to comply with federal environmental standards as written on Jan. 1, 2017. Thus, should Trump weaken these regulations in the future, Illinois would continue enforcing vital protections for the environment, natural resources and public health.

“Implementing protections for our environment is common-sense,” Willis said. “Our current standards keep people in our community healthy and encourage the creation of high-paying jobs in the renewable energy sector. We owe it to future generations to protect our resources – we simply can’t afford to be short-sighted when it comes to the environment.”