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Gov. JB Pritzker talks statewide plan to fight climate change as summit kicks off in Glasgow

Gov. JB Pritzker talks statewide plan to fight climate change as summit kicks off in Glasgow
CHICAGO (WLS) — Gov. JB Pritzker prepared Monday night to leave on his first international trip as Illinois’ governor.

He’s heading to London and Scotland as world leaders gather for a major summit on climate change.

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Pritzker said he believes Illinois’ new plan to create more “green energy” will lead to more jobs and more “green” dollars for Illinois residents.

“We want to be a location people look at to be number one on their “hit list” for where they want to go in the United States,” Pritzker said.

And the “hit” the governor specifically wants to score is aimed at electric vehicles, or “EVs.”

Illinois already has Rivian plant building electric trucks in Normal and plans for Lion’s facility for electric busses in Joliet. Pritzker said he hopes to convince international companies and investors to bring the whole parts and assembly package together in Illinois.

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“If a company wants to build a car assembly plant, we also want to bring a battery manufacturer there. We also want to bring suppliers there,” Pritzker said.

His sales pitch is that Illinois has the workforce in a nationally central location. At the same time, the state has set a goal to gradually move to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050 to fight climate change.

“People want to come to a state focused on fighting climate change and this is the new leading state in the Midwest in fighting climate change,” Pritzker said.

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Source: ABC7

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