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Themes in Environment Questions

Questions about the environment overwhelmingly centered on climate change and the related issue of renewable energy. Many people asked to see candidates’ plans not only for reducing carbon emissions, but for moving Illinois to a 100% clean-energy economy.

How can we make Illinois the leader in renewable energy?
What is your plan to transition Illinois to 100% clean energy?
How can Illinois eliminate coal plants, and instead lead this country in renewable energy exports?
Given the Trump administration’s views on saving the planet, what can we do as a state to reduce carbon emissions?
Will you work to ban fracking in Illinois and work to become independent of fossil fuels?

 

In addition, we received a number of questions about Illinois’ response to climate change more generally, and whether candidates would commit Illinois to the provisions of the Paris Accord.

What will you do to help Illinois slow down climate change?
Move fast to halt [climate change] and engage poor communities in solutions
Would you make sure that IL upholds the Paris climate accord?
As governor, would you commit Illinois to the provisions of the Paris Climate Change Accord?

Beyond this issue, many people expressed concerns about the Trump administration’s contempt for science and the environment and its efforts to dismantle Obama-era regulations, and asked how Illinois could expand our environmental protections in response.

How will expand environmental protections in our state while the federal government is dismantling Obama-era regulations at record pace?
What environmental measures will you champion to counteract the reversal of Federal EPA policies?

 

Finally, a large number of questions asked very specifically about protecting Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes ecosystem, and with it our clean drinking water.

What will you do to protect Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes ecosystem?
What is your opinion on access to clean water in Illinois (especially Chicago), and what steps will you take to ensure the quality of drinking water from Lake Michigan, particularly in light of the lack of ability for the EPA to address this in these times?
What would you do to restore and support the health of Lake Michigan as both an important environmental resource and as the source of our drinking water in northern Illinois?
 

Environment Questions

What is the issue that you would like candidates to address

What is a question on this issue you would like answered (if you have one)?

protecting the environment

What is your plan for moving Illinois to 100% renewable energy?

Environmental issues

Steps to address global warming and pollution

Climate Change

What are your thoughts on cap and trade?

Environmental: renewable energy, clean water

Climate Change

How can we make Illinois the leader in renewable energy?

environmental assault by Trump Administration

What specific actions can I (each person) take to stop Trump's environmental assault?

Environmental concerns

Would you promote renewable energy efforts in terms of subsidies and regulating and prosecuting industries that pose and cause pollution problems?

Enviornment

Improve recycling

Fracking uses many chemicals dangerous to our environment, water, air, wild and domestic animals, soil, public health and causes earthquakes. Workers are imported, produce a boom and bust effect on towns. Fracking uses so many trucks impacting roads, traffic and air quality. Transporting fracked fuel is dangerous. More jobs are created with renewable, sustainable, safer sources of energy than fossil fuels.

Will you work to ban fracking in Illinois and work to become independent of fossil fuels?

Climate change

What will you do to protect Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes ecosystem?

climate change

Given the Trump administrations' views on saving the planet, what can we do as a state to reduce carbon emissions?

Environment

How will Illinois ensure that the environment is protected--to high standards--in our state? How will we protect Lake Michigan and the rivers running through our state?

Environment

What is your plan to transition Illinois to 100% clean energy?

Environment

Enviornment

Renewable energy

Do you support fracking?

Climate change and CO2 emissions

What would you do to reduce CO2 emissions in Illinois? In particular, will you oppose fracking?

The climate change crisis and other threats to the preservation of our environment.

Describe some of your strategies for effective change regarding the climate crisis.

Climate

Move fast to halt and engage poor communities in solutions

Climate Change

Would you make sure that IL upholds the Paris climate accord?

Budget priorities

Illinois has so many pressing needs, e.g., infrastructure, education, Great Lakes recovery, healthcare, gun violence, economic development. How will the candidate prioritize these needs at a time when there will need to be budget cuts?

Environment

How will expand environmental protections in our state while the federal government is dismantling Obama-era regulations at record pace?

Great Lakes Conservation & Water Quality

What is your opinion on access to clean water in Illinois (especially Chicago), and what steps will you take to ensure the quality of drinking water from Lake Michigan, particularly in light of the lack of ability for the EPA to address this in these times?

Coal and oil refinery pollution that effect air quality, water quality in our great lakes and contributes to climate change.

How can Illinois eliminate coal plants, and instead lead this country in renewable energy exports?

Environment

What have you done to advocate on behalf of climate change mitigation?

Climate Change

what environmental measures will you champion to counteract the reversal of Federal EPA policies.

Environment

What will you do to help Illinois slow down climate change?

Climate change / environmental protection

Given the current administration’s contempt towards climate science and the environment, what will you do to protect the protections we currently have, and overcome the impasse on climate change?

Environment: Great Lakes

What would you do to restore and support the health of Lake Michigan as both an important environmental resource and as the source of our drinking water in northern Illinois?

Environment

Protecting our nature resources

How will you work to keep our precious Great Lake clean and protected from corporate polluters?

Please hire more staff at IEPA, IDNR to protect environment and convey new regime, IEPA is lacking management that works with environment as its priority.

Environment

It is shameful that people in the Trump administration and GOP deny the science of climate change and do not care to preserve the environment. What can you do to protect the climate, clean water, air, parks, and open spaces in Illinois from damaging federal policies and money-grubbing development?

climate change

As governor, would you commit Illinois to the provisions of the Paris Climate Change Accord?

Enviroment

Do you support the Paris Accord climate agreement and what steps do you plan on taking to makw this state more progressively green?