HARRISBURG, Ill. – State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, is calling on Governor Rauner to remember the need for Illinois coal and to stand up for the industry to those asking Rauner to rejoin the United States Climate Alliance.
“I am asking the governor to think about Southern Illinois when he makes this decision, and think about the need for coal in our state,” said Phelps. “The coal industry is right at the backbone of Southern Illinois’ economy, and coal needs to be kept in conversation, especially when we are looking at regulations.”
Phelps is calling on the governor to not join the United States Climate Alliance following a letter sent to the governor by numerous Illinois elected officials. In the letter, these officials urged him to join the alliance after the announcement of President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
“I am an independent voice for Southern Illinois and urge the governor to stand up to the Chicago politicians that do not understand the need for coal in our state,” continued Phelps. “The coal industry is already struggling, and any needless regulations will only cause further burdens on our communities that rely on coal as an economic generator and for our miners that depend on coal to help them provide for their families.”
If you have questions or for more information, please call Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.