SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As the chair of the House Energy Committee, State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, joined House and Senate Democratic colleagues in urging Gov. Rauner to join the U.S. Climate Alliance that New York, California and Washington have created in order to highlight the dangers of climate change.
“The governor has the opportunity make Illinois a leader on climate change action,” said Chapa LaVia. “Illinois should show its dedication and seriousness to combatting climate change.”
Earlier this month, President Trump took unilateral action to remove the United States from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement, which outlined participating nations’ policies to combat climate change and carbon emissions. In response to this action, Chapa LaVia signed a letter urging Gov. Rauner to join the state-lead U.S Climate Agreement. The governor has yet to act on this negotiation.
“Climate change is real and affecting people’s well-being every day,” said Chapa LaVia. “President Trump has demonstrated that he is more concerned about making a profit than reducing the effects of global warming. I urge the governor to stand up to the president and the rest of his Washington allies so that our natural resources are protected for future generations.”