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.
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
ELPC Breaking News – Actions and Decisions on Multiple Fronts – Ohio Nuclear Plant Decommissioning, Clean Car Standards, Route 53 Tollway Extension in Lake County, IL, and EPA Ozone Non-Attainment Standards To ELPC Colleagues and Supporters: There is a lot happening – fast – at ELPC. Four important actions yesterday on different fronts. ELPC’s talented
Three Big Wins for Solar Energy in Illinois A trio of solar energy legislation in Illinois reflects the growing progress of solar development in Illinois and ELPC’s leadership work with diverse solar energy businesses, farm groups, conservation groups and municipalities to build out the policy framework. Kudos to ELPC’s experienced Illinois legislative team led by
It’s been a very good week for the Great Lakes! First, after years of foot-dragging and inaction, the Ohio EPA reversed course, recognized reality and declared western Lake Erie to be “impaired” by pollution – mostly from agricultural runoff – that causes toxic blue-green algae, which harms ecological and human health and causes economic damage.
This is an extraordinary time, and the time for action is now. President Trump, U.S. EPA Administrator Pruitt, Department of Interior Secretary Zinke and others do not share the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s and your core environmental, public health, and civic values. The Trump Administration is trying to turn back the clock on almost
Hurricane Harvey Should Be A Wake-Up Call To Trump’s Disaster Relief Budget By Howard Learner August 27, 2017 While President Trump declared Texas an emergency disaster area from the Hurricane Harvey impacts, the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget blueprint for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is “penny wise and pound foolish”: · Cuts $667