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.

ELPC Letter Asks Michigan AG Bill Schuette to Withdraw His Appeal Challenging the EPA’s Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards

I think you will be interested in this letter that I sent on Tuesday to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. It’s time for AG Schuette and the State of Michigan to act to better protect children’s health, safe food and safe water. Mercury is a known neurotoxin that impairs fetal brain development, reduces children’s IQ

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Getting Real About Oil Prices and Impacts on Oil Pipelines

Bakken shale oil and Canadian oil production is falling, and pipeline companies are now biting the bullet and deferring projects. Here’s an update on oil prices, Bakken shale oil, Canadian tar sands, and the impacts on oil pipelines in the Midwest. Markets matter. Today, the Nymex market price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil

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Learner Op-Ed: Chicago should shift EV infrastructure into gear

As published in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The Chicago Auto Show is a great place to see the automakers’ new car models and futurist concept designs. Clean electric vehicles and hybrids have moved from the sidelines to center stage. General Motors is showcasing its snazzy new Bolt, an EV offering a 200-mile range, more headroom

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The Clean Power Plan Gets Fresh Air

As a public interest attorney and law professor, I’ve admired Justice Antonin Scalia’s strong intellect and passion, even if I don’t share his legal philosophy and sometimes think that his “vivid” writing style is neither civil nor constructive for the courts.  As a compassionate person, I join with others in mourning his passing.  As a

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