Sen. Mike Simmons

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) joined 49 other members of the General Assembly in sending a letter to the legislative leadership calling for action on climate change that includes equity opportunities for a diverse workforce.

“Our energy policy must rectify the injustices of climate change, honor the rights of consumers, and ensure a greener future,” Simmons said. “It should not simply be more handouts for utility companies. I am proud to stand with my colleagues to call for these reforms.”

The letter specifically calls on legislative leaders to eliminate carbon emissions from the electric sector, to prioritize closures in environmental justice communities, and to ensure equity opportunities across all areas, from workforce diversity to contractor equity to just transition.

The full text of the letter and full list of signatories can be found here.