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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 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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Oil Prices Matter When It Comes to Pipelines

Oil prices have fallen so much that Exxon reported its first quarterly loss since 1988

5/6/20

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Safe, Clean Water Matters

While Americans are focused on dealing with COVID-19 pandemic challenges and stresses, the Trump EPA used that distraction as cover for publishing its final replacement of the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

4/30/20

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Earth Day 2020: 50 Years of Progress With Work Still to Do

Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm that launched the modern environmental movement. We’ve made tremendous progress towards healthier air, safer water, and less toxic pollution in our communities.

4/22/20

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Air Quality Matters in a Respiratory Health Global Pandemic

In the the midst of a global public health crisis, most air quality news has been focused on the cleaner air from less vehicle traffic and industrial activity. Sadly, it’s not all good news.

4/16/20

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Sound Science is Vital to Public Health

Vital environmental standards depend on sound science in the regulatory process. The American people overwhelmingly support these sensible public health protections, but we’re seeing a “throw the spaghetti against the wall” attempt to defeat them left and right.

4/10/20

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Trump’s Tone-Deaf Rollback of Sensible Clean Car Standards

While most of the world’s leadership is laser-focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 31, 2020, the Trump Administration took time to roll back federal clean car standards.

4/2/20

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Great Lakes Flooding on the Way – ELPC Working on Climate Solutions

In part due to climate change, Great Lakes water levels are experiencing extremes – mostly much higher, and sometimes lower. Amidst one crisis, worsened by the Trump Administration’s refusal to listen to science, we may soon be facing another.

3/27/20

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Environmental Advocacy in These Times

These are unprecedented times. Like many of you, ELPC is doing our part with our staff working from home to ensure their safety and our communities’ health.

3/20/20

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