I do not subscribe to the notion that creating environmentally conscious legislation will eat into business profits and hurt the economy. Quite the opposite; according to the International Labour Organization, if the right policies are put in place, shifting to a greener economy could create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030. As of 2018, the “green economy’s” worth is estimated at $4 trillion globally; with most earnings coming from clean energy, energy efficiency, and pollution services. In America, the “green economy” generates $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue (7% of the GDP), while creating 9.5 million full-time jobs. The "green economy" is driving growth and job creation in the United States, so why shouldn’t Illinois get in on the economic boom? As a representative, I will support expanded investment and deployment in renewable energy projects, pollution prevention, energy efficiency projects, and investment in public transportation projects.
For the skeptics adamant that moving to more sustainable energy infrastructure will hurt the economy or lead to corporations losing money I ask this, at what point does that health and wellbeing of the citizenry outweigh corporate profits?