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.

Solar is Coming: Price Shifts, Market Changes, And Policy Opportunities to Grow the Green Economy in the Midwest

By: Howard A. Learner Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center The confluence of multiple economic and policy factors creates a huge strategic opportunity to advance solar power installations in the Midwest.  This window of opportunity will likely be open for about two years while solar photovoltaic (PV) module prices are very low due to

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Midwest High-Speed Rail is Moving to Reality

The world has changed.  Just a few years ago, many people thought that high-speed rail development here was just a dream. Now, it’s moving to reality.  President Obama has made high-speed rail development his #1 national transportation priority, akin to President Eisenhower leading the build out of our interstate highway system.   The Midwest Governors and

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Better, Cheaper and Cleaner Alternatives to the Proposed Route 53 Tollroad Expansion in Lake County

Lake County residents in Illinois will soon consider an advisory referendum for the proposed expansion of the Route 53 tollroad into Lake County. This massive 25-mile tollroad expansion faces the same fundamental problems that have stopped it for years: billions of dollars in construction costs, the limited effectiveness of a massive new north-south tollroad for alleviating

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15 Years of ELPC Advocacy: $9.3 billion for High Speed Rail, with $2 Billion or More Likely for the Midwest

We’re doing handsprings at the ELPC office! The breakthrough $9.3 billion of high-speed rail development funding in the economic stimulus legislation results from the Environmental Law & Policy Center spending years building the coalitions, making the policy, economic and environmental case, and briefing and gaining support from then-Congressional candidate Rahm Emanuel, then-Congressman Dick Durbin and

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