This week, the Illinois General Assembly is reconvening in Springfield to consider Governor Pritzker’s massive energy bill which includes another bailout for three Exelon nuclear plants. This would be the second ratepayer bailout of Exelon in the last 5 years. If passed, the bailout along with the other various programs included in the bill will substantially increase our electricity bills. These increases in electricity costs could have severe impacts on Illinois’ most vulnerable families and small businesses which are already struggling to recover from the pandemic.
We believe that environmental and climate regulations that constrain choice and replace consumer preferences with politically preferred technology and fuels hurt the most vulnerable people. Further, affordable, reliable, and abundant energy is a key driver of our prosperity - human activity and environmental quality are not mutually exclusive.
In addition to broader concerns, this bill is also geared to serve the interests of unions at the expense of businesses and workers. Participating businesses would be banned from communicating with their workers at all about unionization, instead of having to sign or agree to sign so-called “labor peace agreements,” making this bill as much about union power as clean energy.
Embracing the free market and unleashing our entrepreneurs toward developing new technology has proven far more effective at protecting our environment and protecting ratepayers than any top-down mandate or regulation.
Politicians in Springfield should reject these barriers to innovation and pursue an energy strategy that focuses on delivering affordable and reliable energy without picking winners and losers.
Urge your lawmakers to reject Gov. Pritzker’s energy bill proposal!