ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner is an experienced attorney and the founder of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. He is responsible for ELPC’s overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform. His updates include his analysis of recent developments in clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean transportation and natural resources, as well as notes about ELPC organizational news.
It’s time for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to lead in accelerating coordinated actions by her fellow leaders to clean up Lake Erie. Here’s why: Agricultural runoff of fertilizer and manure is the largest source of phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Erie where it causes toxic algae outbreaks. Most summers, safe clean drinking water is at risk,
We’ve had an incredible year at ELPC. We’re fighting back and playing to win against President Trump’s misguided attempts to rollback protective clean air and clean water standards, systematically weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and conduct what amounts to a War on the Great Lakes. We are winning with savvy strategies, our very hardworking and
Bankers understand finance, money and good investments. So, when community banks step up to install solar energy panels on their buildings, that’s a strong signal that renewable energy is both good for business and good for the environment. Solar energy is accelerating in the Great Plains as the technology keeps improving, the economics are better
As part of our efforts to support clean energy, ELPC has been publishing a series of reports that examine the breadth of the wind power and solar energy industries in Midwest states. Find this year’s Michigan report here. Along 12 Mile Road outside of Detroit, 24-year-old John Jevahirian of Michigan Solar Solutions goes to work
The impact: 3,000 dead fish, closed beaches along Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Park, and safe drinking water at risk. In August, ArcelorMittal violated its permits by spewing dangerous chemicals, including cyanide and ammonia, into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan. The company delayed informing public officials of this toxic chemical spill.
Summer may be over, but eyes still need to be on Lake Erie. Toxic algal blooms had another bad year, covering 620 square miles of the lake at one point with a thick green scum and microcystin toxins. The situation won’t improve until the manure and fertilizer runoff pollution causing the toxic algal blooms is significantly reduced.
This week, the UN is shining a spotlight on climate change at its week-long Climate Action Summit in New York City. While our federal government has taken a step back when it comes to combating climate change, there are many actions that individuals, businesses and local governments can take to enact climate change solutions. Below
On Monday July 29, 2019, ELPC hosted Illinois state Representative Ann Williams, Senator Bill Cunningham, and Senator Melinda Bush for a panel discussion on the recent legislative session in Springfield. This year was particularly productive for the state legislature, and especially on the environment. Members passed bipartisan legislation to protect clean water, support energy efficiency,
Hearing on Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program Last Friday, I testified at the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about Wisconsin’s proposed Foxconn development near Lake Michigan and the need for environmental regulation. Thank you Congressman Brad Schneider and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez for holding this hearing. Developments like Foxconn usually receive an environmental impact assessment before they
From L-R: Senator Ed Markey, Professor Don Wuebbles, Senator Tammy Duckworth, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner, Professor Dana Infante, Professor Ashish Sharma On July 9 I joined ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director Ann Mesnikoff, and three prominent Midwest university scientists – Professors Dana Infante (Michigan State U), Ashish Sharma (Notre Dame and U-Illinois) and Don Wuebbles (U-Illinois)