SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has become the 18th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states pledging to abide by the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Donald Trump abandoned. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Wednesday, January 23, adding Illinois to the pact, which aims to reduce America's greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
But now 18 states representing 43 percent of the country have pledged to work toward the Paris goals.
"Illinois is well-positioned with the Future Energy Jobs Act and its implementation starting this spring," said Scott Tess, Urbana's environmental sustainability manager. "The governor's announcement is very encouraging, and I hope that it signals an interest to build upon the Future Energy Jobs Act and to quickly move toward a 100 percent renewable electricity grid in Illinois."