Illinois has had clean energy targets for years, but this latest effort isn't part of that. Rather, the state's Environmental Protection Agency and commerce commission are preparing for a proposed federal rule. It would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants.
"So we stand here today with 20,000 -- more than 20,000 petitions addressed to Gov. Quinn thanking him for saying that he supports President Obama in rolling out this Clean Power Plan. "
That's Rev. Brian Sauder, who heads a religious environmental advocacy group. But does Quinn deserve that appreciation?
If, and when, the federal rule is put in place, Illinois will have no choice. It'd be a mandate. Sauder says, yes -- again, because Quinn has voiced support for the proposal.
In fact, other states are balking at the requirements --- some are suing to stop it.
While the emission reduction targets wouldn't be flexible, states -- and their governors - will get to decide how to reach them.