Posts in Category: Climate Change

In Honor and Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes – for her path-breaking public interest legal advocacy, for her leadership as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and for her values. Justice Ginsburg’s litigation for women’s rights effectively broke new legal ground in analogous ways to Justice Thurgood Marshall’s and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s litigation

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Defending Public Participation: Zoom Alone Shouldn’t Become New Normal

Public participation is a vital part of the NEPA environmental review and decision-making process and for many environmental permitting and siting processes involving the Army Corps of Engineers, BLM, DOT, EPA, Forest Service, and other federal and state agencies. Public engagement can truly make a difference in both the courts of law and the courts

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How to Farm Beyond the Rent Check: The Value of Soil Health

Soil is the basis of our food system and rural economy. Everyone benefits when this foundation is strong and healthy. Smart conservation practices can reduce soil erosion, nutrient loss, water pollution, and even carbon emissions, making soil health a critical factor in the future of the Midwest. Conservation farm tillage is not new. Henry Wallace

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Adieu Review: NEPA Rollback Undercuts Sensible Environmental Protections

On July 16, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published its final rule rewriting the requirements for how federal agencies comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, known as “NEPA.” I identified our concerns about the draft rule in a blog entry back in January, and my colleague Ann Mesnikoff testified in front of

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Bond Pool Not Cool: Murray Bankruptcy Plan Short-Changes Ohioans

With renewable energy close to overtaking coal output, those concerned about the environment have a lot to celebrate. But coal companies often have one last unwelcome gift for the public: mining sites that continue to scar the land and pollute the water. ELPC is leading the way on innovative work meant to ensure that coal

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Earth Day 2020: 50 Years of Progress with Work Still To Do

Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm that launched the modern environmental movement. We’ve made tremendous progress towards healthier air, safer water, and less toxic pollution in our communities. The Clean Air Act is working: you can now drive through Northwest Indiana with the windows rolled down without choking on so much smog. The Clean Water

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Great Lakes Now – From Rust to Resilience: Climate change brings new challenges and opportunities to Great Lakes cities

“Recent high water levels have shorelines, parklands, lakeside trails and even homes disappearing along various other coastlines, including, as Side Effects Public Media reports, one of our newest national parks, Indiana Dunes. As a result, attention is being focused in some areas on revamping coastal infrastructure to prepare for more rapidly shifting and drastic highs

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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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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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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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