Posts in Category: Clean Transportation

How can we avoid a public transit death spiral?

Below post also found in Crains Chicago Business Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis. In Chicago, CTA bus and train ridership is down by 80%, and Metra commuter rail ridership is down by a staggering 97%. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Metro Transit has 75% less riders.

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Air Quality Matters In a Respiratory Health Global Pandemic

In the the midst of a global public health crisis, most air quality news has been focused on the cleaner air from less vehicle traffic and industrial activity. Sadly, it’s not all good news. What in the world was Hilco thinking in demolishing its coal plant without dust control in the Little Village community in

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MiBiz: Court challenges to follow Trump administration’s vehicle fuel economy rollback

The Trump administration is moving forward with rolling back clean car standards in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. ELPC and colleagues are fighting back to protect Midwest jobs, affordable transportation, and clean air. “Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, said his group and other allies will file suit in federal appeals

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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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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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Getting back on track in Illinois: Investing in rail to improve Midwest mobility

There is good news for Amtrak riders in Illinois. ELPC has long supported expansion of inter-city rail service in the Midwest. Choosing rail travel over driving or flying reduces air pollution that contributes to climate change and harms public health. In the spring 2019 legislative session, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly dramatically increased

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Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

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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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