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

The House Appropriations Committee Should Increase Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

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

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Let’s Revitalize the Chicago Pedway

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

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Chicago’s Underground Pedway Needs Better Navigation, Coordination, and Activation

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

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Dr. George Crabtree at ELPC Thinks: Battery Storage Is An Energy Market Game Changer

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

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Protecting the Midwest Environment: 2018 Results

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,

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6 Reasons Why this Tax is a Crummy Way to Improve Illinois’ Roads and Bridges

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

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Affordable Clean Energy Rule Hearing Testimony

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

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Ohio Nuclear Plant Decommissioning, Clean Car Standards, Route 53 Tollway Extension in Lake County, IL., & EPA Ozone Non-Attainment Standards

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

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Three Big Wins for Solar Energy in Illinois

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

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ELPC Litigation Driving Results: Ohio EPA Recognizes Reality that Lake Erie Is “Impaired” by Pollution and Key Next Steps

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. 

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