Federal Budget Brings Home the Green for Illinois

CNT CEO, Kathy Tholin, Speaks on Clean Energy in Illinois CNT CEO, Kathryn Tholin, joined U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Max Muller, Program Director for Environment Illinois, in outlining how President Obama’s budget “means a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future for Illinois.” Tholin applauded the commitment to a clean energy future reflected in the President’s budget, and helped outline Environment Illinois new report, “Vision 2010: President Obama’s Budget, Clean Energy and the Environment”, released today at a press conference at CNT.

Environment Illinois presented a map highlighting locations of clean energy industries that could benefit from the $150 billion over 10 years that the proposed budget would invest nationally in renewable energy such as wind and solar. The budget sets the stage for a new energy plan for America that caps global warming pollution and drives the transformation to a clean energy economy. The report illustrated the budget benefits for Illinois.

Rep. Schakowsky said that there is “change in direction” for clean energy and addressing global warming in Washington. Jan serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which is holding hearings on the budget mark-ups during the month of May. “We are working quickly – the timeline is now and we hope to have a bill by May recess. We are rolling up our selves and working on this environmental crisis that affects our planet. We need all hands on deck for the environment.”

President Obama’s budget builds on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), to invest in a green economy that will create green jobs, protect the environment and stop global warming. In her remarks, Tholin pointed out that, “the President’s budget not only takes on the traditional sources of pollution and global warming gases, it starts to reward the solutions.”

Read the full press release and report, “Vision 2010: President Obama’s Budget, Clean Energy, & the Environment”.