The ELPC Blog

ELPC Gives Great Lakes Climate Change Strategy Briefing on Capitol Hill

From L-R: Senator Ed Markey, Professor Don Wuebbles, Senator Tammy Duckworth, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner, Professor Dana Infante, Professor Ashish Sharma  The other week I joined ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director Ann Mesnikoff, and three prominent Midwest university scientists – Professors Dana Infante (Michigan State U), Ashish Sharma (Notre Dame and U-Illinois) and Don Wuebbles  (U-Illinois)

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Stopping Rt 53 Boondoggle in Lake County Illinois

ELPC and our allies won a major victory last week. The Lake County, Illinois board decided to stop pursuing a massive highway extension that would have been a boondoggle for developers, destroyed sensitive wetlands, and contributed to air pollution. Lake County’s Route 53 has resurfaced several times over the years, and each time local communities

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Rural Electric Co-Ops Bring Solar Energy, Butterflies, and Resilience to the Midwest

Rural electric cooperatives supply power to 1 in 8 Americans, providing expansive rural areas with important connections to the energy grid. In recent years, many co-ops have increasingly adopted solar power. Not only is this renewable energy good for the environment, but it’s good for rural communities who get clean local energy at affordable prices.

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Want lower energy bills? Efficiency is the best bet for Ohio

Green energy is booming across the Midwest, but in Ohio the legislature is close to passing a bill that would take an unprecedented step backwards. HB6 would subsidize nuclear and coal power plants, while simultaneously cutting state support for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The irony is that they claim this bill will save customers

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Air Quality Monitoring Kicks off for Summer 2019

This month, our ELPC air monitoring team and community partners hit the pavement in our third summer of data collection. Our monitoring program, Air Quality Chicago, trains residents to collect air pollution data using AirBeam PM2.5 monitors. This enables them to gain a better understanding of their exposure to air pollution and make better-informed decisions

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Illinois 2019 Legislative Session Progress and Wrap-Up

The 2019 Illinois General Assembly spring session ended and there is much good environmental news to report!  ELPC had a successful session, advancing important clean energy and environmental protection legislation as ELPC legislative advocates Al Grosboll and David McEllis worked closely with our environmental partners.  There were five bills on which ELPC played a leadership

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Ohio needs a real plan for real water quality

Ohio needs real water quality enforcement, and a wise investment of public resources Testimony before Ohio House Finance Committee on HB7 bill for H2Ohio Fund Water is the very lifeblood of Ohio. From our long and winding rivers to the shores of the Great Lakes, our water resources are essential to the lives and livelihoods

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Protecting the Midwest from Mercury and Air Toxics

Written Testimony before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule is one of the great success stories of air pollution reduction and public health protection. Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on earth, but MATS has successfully reduced

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U.S. House Passes Climate Solution Legislation with H.R. 9

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

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Earth Day 2019: The Time for Climate Solution Actions Is Now!

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

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