Nov 3, 2021 - Politics

Pritzker brings Illinois to global climate stage

Photo of close-up of Gov Pritzker's face.

Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Governor JB Pritzker is leading a delegation to Glasgow this week to represent Illinois at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Why it matters: Pritzker will tout his record of climate action on the international stage, including the new bill passed to offer tax incentives to the electric car industry, to a conference hosting leaders from over 100 countries.

  • We've heard the phrase "All politics is local" and according to the Chicago Tribune, so is climate change action.
  • "I'm going to be making the pitch that Illinois is now front and center in the fight against climate change," the governor told ABC 7 Chicago. "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."

Details: Pritzker wants Illinois to become the "Silicon Valley of Electric Cars" by using incentives to entice the automotive industry to build factories, plus bring in other manufacturers of parts and ancillary products.

State of play: The governor is currently in London meeting with business leaders and will travel to Scotland on Friday.

Go deeper: Axios' Andrew Friedman breaks down what is really at stake. Listen to his conversation on the Axios Re:Cap podcast.


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