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.

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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Howard Learner at Huffington Post: Gearing Up to Advance the Green Economy

ELPC President and Executive Director Howard Learner outlines the public policy changes that the Obama administration and the new Congress should focus on to grow the green economy and create a cleaner environment in this article on the Huffington Post: “It’s time to gear up to seize the opportunities to advance a greener economy and

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Investing in Clean Energy Is A Smart Strategy in the Troubled Economy

Let’s face it. America’s economy is bad shape. Some will seize upon the troubled times to argue that we should cut back on investing in clean energy and environmental protection. But that’s the wrong direction both for today and for the future. For today, energy efficiency makes even more sense in tight financial times. Businesses

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ELPC’s Founding Vision is Becoming Today’s Sustainability Reality

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