At least 656,000 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the United States in 2020 and 2021, and we are averaging more than 1,500 deaths every day. At this rate, we will pass the death toll of the flu pandemic by Sept. 22.

All things considered, the energy legislation signed this week represents a milestone in Illinois' effort to deal with the existential threat posed by climate change. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to work.