Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today was joined by the Program Director of Environment Illinois along with local business and community leaders during four stops in the 17th District to discuss how clean energy can protect our environment and create jobs here at home. Environment Illinois released its most recent legislative scorecard on which Hare scored a perfect 100 percent.
"For years, groups like Environment Illinois have been pounding the pavement and making sure that we protect our natural resources," Hare said. "I am honored to have been awarded a 100% vote rating by this fine organization. I believe we have a duty to leave our children and grandchildren with an America that is as beautiful, clean, and safe, as the one we inherited."
Hare and the local participants discussed clean energy projects that are currently underway and their ideas for how this can be the next engine of growth for our economy. "Clean energy represents one of the best chances for our country to create new, good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced," Hare said. "From the farmers and refiners producing ethanol and biodiesel, to the workers manufacturing and installing energy efficient home components, we have a real opportunity to move our energy supply from the Middle East to the Midwest."
Hare recently introduced the Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act which would extend, improve and provide a $5 billion infusion into the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, which was first created by the Recovery Act. This credit will be used to build or expand domestic manufacturing facilities that produce wind turbines, solar panels, and other clean energy components.
Hare also provided his thoughts on the ongoing response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "This tragedy has snapped us out of the haze in which we have been wandering for years," Hare said. "The lives of hundreds of thousands of people will never be the same, and we must never forget the 11 workers who were killed in the oil rig explosion. This much is clear--BP must foot the bill for cleanup and recovery and we must begin to wean ourselves off our addiction to oil."