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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Nov 12, 2013

Illinois Voters Back EPA Carbon Pollution Regulations For Power Plants, New Poll Shows

A majority of Illinois voters say they trust the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not Congress, to decide limits on harmful carbon emissions from power plants, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows. 

Illinois voters are also more likely to throw their support behind candidates for U.S. Senate who support EPA's proposed carbon pollution regulations for power plants, rather than those who oppose them, according to the poll conducted on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

"We continue to see public support for limits on carbon pollution from power plants and extraordinary public skepticism about Congress trying to prevent that,” David Goldston, director of NRDC's government affairs program, said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “That’s an important message as the administration moves ahead, as the president has said it will, with putting out power plant standards to limit carbon pollution for the first time.” Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Nov 8, 2013

Environmental, Labor Groups Hold Dueling Chicago Rallies Over EPA Pollution Limits For Power Plants (VIDEO)

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a day-long listening session in Chicago Friday about proposed carbon regulations for existing power plants, groups on various sides of the issue spoke out at rallies held downtown. Progress Illinois provides a snapshot of the events.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 23, 2013

U.S. Rep. Quigley Urges Federal Lawmakers To Take Action On Climate Change

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL,5) says the country is falling behind when it comes to adopting forward-thinking policies meant to address climate change.

At a Chicago press conference Monday, the congressman continued the push for an urgent response to the effects of climate change, which if not addressed will continue to damage Lake Michigan and cause headaches for Illinois homeowners due to repeated flooding events, among other concerns, according to the lawmaker.

“This is the legacy we’re going to leave. We can be the first generation that leaves the world in a worse condition than we were born into it,” Quigley said. “We have a responsibility for our children and their children’s children.” Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 20, 2013

Report: Illinois Ranks No. 7 For Dirtiest Power Plants; Plan For Pilsen Coal Plant Sites Still Unknown

A new report ranks Illinois as the seventh dirtiest state when it comes to carbon pollution from its power plants.

The state's power plants are the single biggest source of carbon pollution in Illinois, producing 41 percent of statewide emissions, according to the study issued Wednesday by the Environment Illinois Research and Education Center.

Each year, Illinois' power plants spew as much carbon pollution as 19.6 million cars.

“America's dirtiest power plants are the elephant in the room when it comes to global warming," Environment Illinois Campaign Director Lisa Nikodem said in a statement. "If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can't afford to ignore power plants' overwhelming contribution to global warming. For Illinois, tackling the problem means cleaning up the dirtiest power plants.” Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Sep 17, 2013

Proposed Dynegy Coal Pollution Waiver Divides Environmental, Labor Groups At IL Hearing

Environmentalists and labor groups were strongly divided at an Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) hearing in Springfield Tuesday over whether the Texas-based energy company Dynegy should be granted more time to meet the state's clean air standards for five local coal-fired power plants it plans to buy. Progress Illinois was there for the hearing.