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Oak Park Area ClimateAction to present "100% Renewable Energy" resolution to the Oak Park Village Board on Jan. 28.

In the wake of its completed six-month tabling campaign at Oak Park Farmers Market, Oak Park Area ClimateAction will present a formal resolution to the Oak Park Village Board calling for endorsement of a pledge for "100% Renewable Energy."

At the scheduled village board meeting on Jan. 28, Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will be presented with some 850 "100%" postcard petitions collected from Oak Park citizens at the Sierra Club/Oak Park Area ClimateAction table, from May through October, 2018.

The resolution calls for the village to commit to a transition to 100% clean energy in the form of solar/wind and energy efficiency measures by 2035. 

More than 100 U.S. communities have signed on to the Sierra Club's national "Ready for 100% Clean Renewable Energy by 2035" campaign. On Dec. 11, the city of Evanston became the first Illinois community to make the commitment.

Oak Park Area ClimateAction supports cleaner air and water, good-paying clean energy jobs, and a brighter future for Oak Park-area communities through a 100% clean energy economy.

For more information, contact David Martin, Oak Park Area ClimateAction, 708-848-8408 or

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David Martin

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Ray Simpson  

Posted: January 16th, 2019 6:52 AM

Want to see what a "thinking" American company has figured out? ( ) This is a practical solution to C02 emissions that can be run profitably. It will NOT kill birds like wind farms and works at night unlike solar. Practical people solving problems responsibly. All of this without any petition drives, pointless ordinances that mandate outcome without any idea of how to get there and with a way for investors and business to achieve similar outcomes profitably.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: January 16th, 2019 12:10 AM

Electric vehicles for the village? Oh wait the electric power comes from coal or nuclear power plants - both on Sierra Clubs naughty list. This is just a progressive claptrap idea that has little, or no practical thought behind it. Radical new science would probably find a solution but this gaggle of hand wringers would shoot that down as not ecco-friendly. A local company is working on a power generating system that burns pulverized coal and natural gas in a closed system. the output is electricity and liquid CO2 ( a valuable industrial gas) I sure hope they don't need to do FRACKING to release the natural gas.

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