The ELPC Blog

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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In Public Health Crisis, Trump Administration Continues Attacks On Public Health Studies

In the midst of our country’s public health crisis, the Trump Administration’s EPA continues to advance a dangerous policy that ignores science and public health studies. While you’re doing your part social-distancing at home, the EPA is making moves that put our long-term public health even further at risk. The EPA has issued a supplemental

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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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Calling on Congress to Fund the Rural Energy for America Program

The ELPC Farm Team led a national letter to House and Senate appropriators seeking full funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), including full discretionary funding. REAP has provided grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers for nearly 18,000 projects in every state (2003-2019). In all that time, ELPC has fought to keep

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Illinois Budget Update

On February 19, Governor Pritzker delivered his budget message for the state of Illinois. The Governor is once again recommending a maintenance budget with proposed increased spending for child welfare, public education, and pension payments. In order to afford these increases, the Governor is focused on passing the Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment. Agency Funding  With

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Testifying to Protect Our Voices and the Environment with NEPA

Today I testified on behalf of ELPC before the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at their second and final public hearing on its rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ELPC testified in strong opposition to CEQ’s proposed changes to NEPA regulations. The current regulations are thoughtful, well-designed, and provide for the successful implementation of NEPA. They have provided

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Rolling Back Bedrock Environmental Law Ignores Climate Science And Stifles Public Input

You may have never heard of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), but this agency plays a crucial role in protecting the environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is widely considered to be the nation’s basic environmental charter. Its core purpose is to require informed and thoughtful decision-making. Before a federal agency

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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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