The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says Illinois could play a key role in the nation’s long-term energy strategy. Matt Koch of the Chamber says the U.S. will need 21 percent more energy by 2025. That puts Illinois, which produces ethanol and includes a number of coal mines and oil fields, at the forefront of domestic resources.  “It positions you as one of the leaders,” Koch says. “As a producing state but also as a state that has a lot of demand.”

Koch says the U.S. must remove the barriers to long-term energy solutions. That includes restricting oil drilling protected federal areas, regardless of the environmental consequences.

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He says it will take a combination of conventional and alternative sources of energy for the U.S. to become energy self-sufficient.

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