Environmental Activists Fight Back Against Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Plan

Craig Dellimore
October 02, 2018 - 7:28 am

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Environmental activists say opposing the Trump Administration’s so-called “Affordable Clean Energy Plan” as they were doing Monday is not some intellectual exercise. They are trying to save lives in the Chicago area and downstate.

It’s true that Chicago no longer has coal-fired power plants in operation, but that doesn’t mean the pollution-causing facilities are not a problem here. Activists said the plan is neither affordable or clean. 

Dulce Ortiz, an advocate with the group Clean Power Lake County, told demonstrators at Federal Plaza there’s a plant in Waukegan. She said the Waukegan Power Station generates pollution that does harm even beyond Lake County.

"The plant was built in the 1920's and currently operates boilers that are over 50 years old. The coal power plant hurts all communities in Lake County, but particularly in Waukegan," she said.  

And Girl Scouts from Troop 6195 in Springfield were demonstrating too. There’s a coal-fired plant there.

"We are going to inherit the land that our leaders leave behind. And that is why we stand before you today," one stated.

Though, not many average citizens seemed agitated.

Kyra Woods, an organizer with Sierra Club Illinois, said coal-fired power plants may be shut down in Chicago, but there thousands of people at risk because of the plants still operating elsewhere.

They’re trying to get that message out.