Press Release

Howard Learner Statement on Senator Mark Kirk’s Climate Change Comments


Contact: David Jakubiak

In a news report, Senator Mark Kirk is quoted as dismissing scientists’ views that industrial greenhouse gas pollution causes climate change problems. In response, Howard A. Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, issued the following statement:

“Senator Kirk’s reported comments are disappointing. We will be working with leading Illinois scientists and business leaders to brief Senator Kirk on the most recent compelling scientific data on the realities of climate change and the necessity of solution-driven actions that are good for both Illinois jobs and global health. Most Midwesterners understand why it’s important to reduce carbon pollution from coal plants to help protect public health and our Great Lakes from climate change impacts.”