Governors have been urged by the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate to ignore regulations on carbon pollution, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hopes Illinois’ governor doesn’t follow that advice. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent a letter to all 50 governors, urging them to not to comply with proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut down on pollution from existing coal-fueled power plants.
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Durbin says Gov. Bruce Rauner should ignore McConnell request, and work on a plan for Illinois to meet the new standards.
“I hope that Gov. Rauner understands the importance of climate change to the future of this earth and that Illinois will be in the forefront of leadership in finding a way to leave a better world for our children,” Durbin said.
Durbin says McConnell’s letter shows most Republicans have become “deniers” on the scientific consensus that climate change has been caused by human activity.