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by Ellyn Fortino
6:35pm
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 Ashlee Rezin
3:02pm
Fri Mar 29, 2013

Amendments Attached To Senate Budget Resolution Upset Environmental Advocates

Environmental advocacy groups are speaking out against “anti-environment” amendments attached to the Senate’s budget resolution. Although the amendments are non-binding, a representative from Environment Illinois said it’s “unfortunate” to see some lawmakers use a budget proposal for “reckless attacks” on the environment.

“It’s not right to see senators taking the opportunity, during the proposal of a budget resolution, to attack the environment,” said Seth Berkman, federal field associate for Environment Illinois. “These amendments have nothing to do with passing a budget resolution. Unfortunately, our opponents use any opportunity they have to attack environmental protections.”

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