Jessica Collingsworth

Energy policy analyst

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Jessica Collingsworth is an energy policy analyst with expertise in state-level policies that curb global warming emissions through greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. See Jessica's full bio.

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Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in the Midwest

I spoke with UCS Science Network Member, Dr. Ursula Melissa Ruiz Vera, to hear more about her research regarding the impacts of elevated CO2 combined with increases in temperature on the photosynthesis, development, and productivity of today’s most important Midwest crops, soybeans and maize. Read more >

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Recent FERC Decision Will Raise Electricity Bills in Illinois

The decision is expected to cost consumers within the 13 state PJM territory upwards of $2.5 billion per year. Read more >

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Illinois Youth Lead Strike for Climate Justice

A recent UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that the world will miss the opportunity to stay on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement unless global emissions drop by 7.6 percent each year over the next decade. The report notes that solutions to reduce carbon emissions are available, and meeting our goals is possible, but we are not acting fast enough or at a large enough scale.

Instead of action, the Trump Administration is formally taking steps to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for states and cities to address the climate crisis–and many of them are doing their part. Youth around the country are doing much of the work and filling the void left by the executive branch.  Read more >

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Illinois Must Act on Clean Energy in 2020

Last week the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that they will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change in the absence of federal action, it is more important than ever for states to act. Across the Midwest states are introducing 100% clean energy bills. But none are as comprehensive or progressive as Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). Read more >

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5 Midwest States Poised to Take Climate Action

With Climate Week around the corner let’s look at five Midwest states poised to take action. Read more >

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