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.
Today, for the first time in 10 years, the U.S. House of Representatives acted to combat climate change by passing H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. This is an important step. This Act calls on the federal government to honor its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and ensure that the United States is
Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm that launched the modern environmental movement. We’ve made tremendous progress for healthier air, safer water, and less toxic pollution in our communities. You can drive through Northwest Indiana with the windows rolled down without choking on so much smog, and the Great Lakes are mostly cleaner as industrial sewage
President Trump’s proposed new budget would cut 90% of the funding for the successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This is a continuation of Trump’s War on the Great Lakes. He just doesn’t get that the Great Lakes is a global gem where we live, work and play. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vitally important and successful.
On February 26, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. I want to congratulate Congresswoman McCollum for now chairing this important Subcommittee and commend the Appropriations Committee and this Subcommittee for its strong bipartisan support for funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past
It’s a frigid Chicago winter day and downtown sidewalks are slushy and icy, or it’s a rainy summer day. What does a savvy Chicagoan do? Take the Pedway. Want to go quickly from the CTA to City Hall, pick up coffee, and get a new watchband on the way? Take the Pedway. Looking for new art displays? Check out the Pedway. Entrepreneurs, there are available storefront opportunities
ELPC is leading the civic greening initiative to revitalize the Chicago Pedway, an underutilized civic asset that connects the public transit system and can provide a good way for people to get around Chicago’s downtown especially on cold winter ways. The Pedway has been built in pieces connecting City Hall, the County Building, Thompson Center
Battery storage technologies are rapidly getting better and cheaper. They can help transform the energy market and modernize electric vehicles just as wireless technologies changed telecommunications and the ways that we live and work. Dr. George Crabtree is Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory and one of
The November 2018 election results are a stunning rebuke of President Trump as suburban independents, moderate Republicans, and other swing voters backed Democratic US House candidates and Midwest gubernatorial and attorney general candidates. Some races were close (e.g., Wisconsin Governor and Attorney General), but many were not (e.g., Illinois and Michigan Governors and Attorneys General,
6 Reasons Why this Tax is a Crummy Way to Improve Illinois’ Roads and Bridges The political rhetoric on a possible new vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax begs the question of whether or not this makes good sense on the merits. It doesn’t. The VMT tax is not a sound or fair way to fund
Testimony of Howard A. Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center On the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule: Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guideline Implementing Regulations; Revisions to New Source Review Program, called Affordable Clean Energy Rule. 83 Fed. Reg. 44,746 The