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Environmentalists Look to “Rev-Up” IL Clean Cars Act

February 19, 2009

Springfield, IL – With new leadership in Springfield and Washington D.C., environmentalists are saying it's time to pass the stalled Illinois Clean Cars Act. They think it could jump-start both environmental change and the economy.

As one of his first actions on the job, President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider 14 states' requests to implement stronger standards for automobile tailpipe pollution. His move re-ignited discussion of the Illinois Clean Cars Act. Gail Philbin, interim director of the Illinois Environmental Council, says passing this legislation would pave the way for Illinois to become the Midwest's leader in addressing climate change.

"We actually are the seventh-largest source of global warming pollution in the country, so if we address this we can set the stage for other states to come behind us."

Philbin says the Illinois Clean Cars Act would help the state's economy through increased fuel efficiency and would protect public health by cutting airborne toxins. Opponents of the bill say it would drive up the price of cars and hurt the already slumping auto industry.

Philbin says those 14 states represent more than 40 percent of the nation's market so the demand for these changes is huge.

"If Illinois were to sign on and become the 15th state, we would be creating an economic tipping point for carmakers. They would have so much demand that it would become economically feasible for them to create these cars much cleaner than they are right now."

Philbin says there is no better time than now to move forward on this bill.

"We have very big environmental issues that we're facing but we also have these huge economic challenges, so it's a chance for us to kill two birds with one stone and solve our economic problems by addressing environmental issues."

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IL