Quick Hit Micah Maidenberg Monday October 11th, 2010, 12:46pm

10/10/10 And The Governor's Race

Yesterday, Illinois advocates for addressing climate change participated in a "global work party"  coordinated by 350.org, a site whose name refers to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, in parts per million, that many scientists say is necessary to keep the earth's climate safe. In Arlington Heights, residents focused on biking and walking over driving cars. Students in Glen Ellyn were scheduled to clean up their school and a surrounding landscape. In Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn ordered donated solar panels installed at the governor's mansion by union construction workers volunteering their labor.

Environmental concerns have been on the backburner during the governor's campaign, and given Illinois' grave fiscal challenges this isn't very surprising. But it's worth pointing out there are stark differences between Quinn and the GOP gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Bill Brady on the issue.

As regular readers of Progress Illinois may recall, Brady denied the hypothesis that human activities are causing climate change last year, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that confirms that link. Watch this video from a GOP debate last fall:

While a federal climate change bill is stalled in the Senate, many of the actions state leaders could take to address climate change, like a possible Midwestern cap-and-trade system designed to reduce greenhouse gases, would likely have no chance for implementation in a Brady administration. Brady's jobs plan, meanwhile, offers credits for energy used by manufacturers, a policy that could reduce the need for factory owners to conserve energy or switch to renewable energy sources.

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