Author Profile: Howard Learner

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.

Blog Posts by Howard Learner

Sound Science is Vital to Public Health

I really am stunned that we need to defend established science. Vital environmental standards depend on sound science in the regulatory process. The American people overwhelmingly support these sensible public health protections, but we’re seeing a “throw the spaghetti against the wall” attempt to defeat them left and right. Here’s the latest battle which ELPC,

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Trump’s Tone-Deaf Rollback of Sensible Clean Car Standards

The backyard view from my kitchen isn’t as inspiring as the view from ELPC’s riverfront offices in downtown Chicago, but our staff’s effective advocacy continues in these challenging times, now from 46 connected remote home offices. While most of the world’s leadership is laser-focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 31, 2020, the Trump

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With Great Lakes Flooding on the Way, ELPC Working on Climate Solutions

I walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline this weekend. My neighborhood beach is gone, and the water is already lapping up over the rocks onto the walking path and grassy shore. In part due to climate change, Great Lakes water levels are experiencing extremes – mostly much higher, and sometimes lower. Amidst one crisis, worsened

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Environmental Advocacy in These Times

These are unprecedented times. Like many of you, ELPC is doing our part with our staff working from home to ensure their safety and our communities’ health. ELPC’s effective work continues to protect core environmental values across the Midwest region. We will continue to fight back and play to win against the Trump Administration’s misguided

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La Crosse Tribune Op-Ed: Renewable energy generates jobs, business and clean power

Alicia Leinberger founded Ethos Green Power in Viroqua to bring clean power and good jobs to rural communities. “There’s not really a lot of opportunity for young people to get jobs out here,” Leinberger said. “Making solar and servicing solar has been really successful.” Renewable energy jobs and businesses include solar panel installers and wind

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Op-Ed: Savvy policies can grow Wisconsin’s renewable energy jobs

Clean energy projects — and the jobs and economic growth they create — flourish in places with policies that help these businesses grow. It’s time for Wisconsin to return as a renewable energy leader. Smart policies make a difference. To keep growing Wisconsin jobs and businesses in the renewable energy supply chain, Wisconsin should drive

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Op-Ed: Water Quality a Key Issue for Southwest Wisconsin Voters

There’s a problem with safe, clean drinking water here in southwest Wisconsin’s scenic Driftless Area. We know it, we understand what to do about it, and we want politicians to step up with regulatory policy actions and solutions. The Environmental Law & Policy Center Action Fund commissioned top researcher Ann Selzer (who FiveThirtyEight calls “The

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Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer: It’s time to take lead on Lake Erie cleanup

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,

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ELPC in 2019: Strong Results, Impact, and a Good Reason to Give…

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

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Letter: Community bankers know a good deal — solar energy

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

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ELPC’s Founding Vision is Becoming Today’s Sustainability Reality

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