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Let’s Keep the U.P. Wild

The Midwest’s special wild and natural places are well worth protecting and preserving.

9/1/21

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ELPC’s Impact Across the Midwest: Summer Update

Heatwaves, wildfires, floods, and droughts. This summer we’re seeing climate change unfold around the globe. It’s time to take action. And ELPC is on it!

8/3/21

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The Fight for Great Lakes Funding Continues

ELPC urges full funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in this year's congressional budget talks. House subcommittee so far shows strong support.

6/30/21

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This Summer, I’m Off to See the Midwest

Like many Midwesterners during the pandemic, I traded international or coastal trips for weekend jaunts to the Midwest’s great places.

6/23/21

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Accelerating the Midwest Higher-Speed Rail Network 

A modern Midwest higher-speed rail passenger network will improve mobility, create jobs, pull together the regional economy, and reduce pollution because trains are more efficient per passenger than cars or planes.

5/24/21

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New Poll: Time for Ohio to Act on CAFOs and Lake Erie

Summer is coming soon to the Great Lakes. We’re looking forward to enjoying a day at the beach and in the water with our friends and families. Now, think about if you live in the Toledo area and what you’re likely to see most summers: a plume of green toxic sludge.

5/14/21

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This Earth Day, Let’s Recognize Progress and Accelerate Solutions

We do have far to go to achieve a safe, clean environment for all—but the improvements are real.

4/22/21

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Victory

Protecting Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the Great Lakes

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron is protected. Our Great Lakes victory is a national precedent leveraging protection for 10 other National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments threatened with cuts and drilling. 

4/20/21

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Keeping the Midwest Wild

Protected public lands are protected for good reasons. We're working hard with national and local conservation group partners and clients to enforce protections on public, wild lands.

3/17/21

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While Ameren is Fighting Against Solar, Company Is Raising Its Dividend Again

Everyone knows that accelerating solar energy has overwhelmingly strong public support. ELPC and our environmental partners know it. Politicians know it from their polling. Utilities know it from their polling, too. Ameren, which is Illinois’ second-largest electric utility, appears to have missed that memo.

2/25/21

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Op-Ed

Op-Ed: Seizing the Paris Climate Accord opportunities for Illinois

Illinois and the Midwest stand to benefit as the Biden administration renews the federal government's commitment to climate issues.

1/27/21

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Working with President Biden to Accelerate Climate Actions

The Biden administration is looking to work with the environmental community. They have the knowledge, skills and passion necessary to advance climate actions and solutions fully across the federal government. That’s a breakthrough.

1/27/21

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Update

Today’s Attack on the Fair Election Process at the U.S. Capitol

Today’s Trump-inspired attack at the U.S. Capitol is an attack on our nation’s democracy. The American public deserves better, and we are stronger than this as a nation.

1/6/21

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Effective Advocacy in an Unprecedented Year

This past year will likely go down as one of the most difficult and extraordinary years of our lives. Despite the challenges, ELPC achieved strong results for the environment in the courtrooms, boardrooms, and legislative rooms across the Midwest.

12/17/20

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The urgent need for climate action to protect public health

The Paris Agreement targets are global, but the benefits to public health, the environment and the economy will be seen locally. Illinois will gain from adopting the goals set five years ago in Paris.

12/9/20

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2020 Post Election Summary and Impacts on Midwest Environment

Learn how the 2020 election will impact the Midwest environment, Midwest Congressional delegation, governorships, state legislatures, and see state by state breakdowns.

11/16/20

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Let’s Vote – and Then Be Patient

Let’s vote. No excuses. Voting is our civic duty and responsibility.

10/22/20

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Two New ELPC Reports, Two Very Different Stories

ELPC has issued two new major reports over the past week that help tell the story of the Midwest environment.

10/7/20

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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.

9/21/20

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

Public participation matters. Sadly, the Trump Administration is moving to constrain public participation, and some state agencies are also adopting manipulative techniques that restrict effective public participation.

9/15/20

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Lake Michigan Water Levels Continue to Rise: We Must Prepare

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new June 2020 forecast paints a chilling picture of super-high water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, peaking in July and August even higher than the May forecast.

6/9/20

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Story

How Can We Avoid a Public Transit Death Spiral

Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

5/29/20

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Great Lakes Flooding – Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

We’re facing the wettest May of the past 100 years. You’ve seen the photos and videos of Michigan and Ohio communities being evacuated, and Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers and Fox River area suburbs being flooded by the record rains.

5/21/20

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Behind the Scenes – A Renewable Energy Victory in Michigan

Electric utility regulatory issues put many people to sleep. They can be legally dry and technically complicated. But that's where the magic can happen.

5/15/20

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