Illinois politicians and religious leaders believe the Pope’s message to Congress on climate change should be answered on the state level by passing a bill on renewable energy.
Speaking alongside pastors and theologians at Chicago’s Old St. Patrick's Church, State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Chicago) says the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill could be the state’s response to Pope Francis calling for the U.S. to play an important role in addressing climate change.
Harmon hopes state lawmakers who reject the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity may be swayed by the Pope.
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“I think the Pope making this such a central cause will help us to deliver that message, and…in the end, to change not only hearts and minds but also votes,” Harmon said.
Versions of the bill have been introduced in both chambers but have yet to be put up for a floor vote.