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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:25pm
Mon Oct 31, 2016

Benefits Of Rooftop Solar Power Largely Exceed Net Metering Costs, Analysis Finds

A recent report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center finds that "solar power’s rewards are far greater than its costs."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:14am
Fri Sep 9, 2016

Jill Stein Rallies In Chicago, Rejects Criticism Of Green Party's Political Platform

From police violence to the media's coverage of her campaign, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein addressed a wide range of topics during a rally in Chicago Thursday evening. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:33pm
Thu Jul 28, 2016

Report: U.S. Utility Companies 'Have Become Expert Tax Dodgers'

Profitable U.S. utility companies are not paying their "fair share" in taxes, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies. 

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
5:59pm
Tue May 17, 2016

Environmentalists Demand Transition To Renewable Energy At BP Whiting Refinery, 41 Arrested

More than 1,000 environmentalists and Chicago-area residents protested at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels and a transition to the sole use of renewable energy.

"From the toxic waste created by extreme extraction of tar sands destroying indigenous communities in Canada, to toxins created by the BP Whiting refinery producing sacrifice communities in the Greater Chicago area, to the catastrophic effect on our climate, the urgent need for a just transition away from fossil fuels to a 100 percent renewable energy economy is abundantly clear," said Mariah Urueta, a Food & Water Watch Michigan organizer.

The protesters, joined by more than 70 local and national organizations, walked two miles through area neighborhoods, ending the march in front of the refinery. There, they sat in a circle at the facility's gates Sunday until 41 of the protesters were arrested by police donning riot gear. Those arrested were released shortly after being charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The protest took place as news broke that April's temps exceeded global records, which is the seventh consecutive month of such news, sparking analysts to contend that 2016 will likely be the hottest year on record by far.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:41pm
Thu Feb 18, 2016

Report: Illinois Lost Solar Jobs In 2015, Ranking Slips Two Spots

Illinois lost about 300 jobs in the solar industry last year, according to the annual "National Solar Jobs Census" released by the Solar Foundation.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:58pm
Thu Jan 14, 2016

EPA Climate Regs To Be 'Big Fight' In State Legislatures This Year

As 2016 state legislative sessions gear up across the country, including in Illinois, expect new environmental regulations outlined under the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan to be a key issue debated in the nation's state houses this year.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, finalized in August, looks to slash carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

States, which are given flexibility to meet the plan's carbon pollution standards, have to submit an implementation plan or request an extension by September.

"There's a range of actions that states will be considering to address the rule, including cap and trade, carbon taxes, renewable portfolio standards, scaling up solar energy use, amongst other things," said Nick Rathod, executive director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a group working with state legislators to advance progressive policies across the country.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:25pm
Thu Jan 7, 2016

Illinois Environmental, Labor Groups Highlight Economic Benefits Of Clean Water Projects

Every $1 billion invested in Chicago-area clean water infrastructure creates or saves an average of 11,200 total jobs and generates an 8 percent economic return over a year.

That's according to a new report, backed by the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and the Sierra Club, that explores the economic and environmental benefits of local clean water projects, which the groups say are a "win-win-win for Illinois" because they help workers, the economy and the environment.

The report, prepared by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was formally recognized at Thursday's board meeting of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

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