Howard’s blog

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. Howard’s blog includes 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.

Cleaner Cars, Less Reliance on Oil, Better Mileage, More Jobs, Less Pollution and More Savings at the Pump

Cleaner Cars, Less Reliance on Oil, Better Mileage, More Jobs, Less Pollution and More Savings at the Pump The BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has awakened many Americans to the dangers of our addiction to oil. The latest polls show that most Americans want to find cleaner and safer ways to

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ELPC Commends Illinois Vote Rejecting Tire Burners as Clean Energy

The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends the Illinois State Senators who twice rejected proposed legislation that would have allowed a tire-burning incinerator special treatment as akin to clean renewable energy.  The Tire Burning Bill (SB 380) would have benefited Geneva Energy, the tire-burner plant owner, which repeatedly violated its air pollution permit levels according

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ELPC Commends New EPA Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards

The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends the Obama Administration for proposing new federal air pollution reduction standards today that would sharply reduce mercury and other toxic pollutants from industrial boilers and solid waste incinerators. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the proposed rules would reduce mercury pollution by more than 50

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Plug-In Hybrids – Smart Strategies for the Chicago Area’s Environment

This article by ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner appeared in the “Green Issue” of the New York Times’ Chicago Life Magazine. Many of us are excited by the new plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) coming into the market later this year.  They’re cool, high-tech and use less gasoline from countries that don’t like us very much and

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