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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 24

Government Report Sparks Debate Over U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

Automakers have a "wide range of cost-effective technologies" at their disposal to meet 2025 fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks.

But they may fall short of achieving the proposed fleet-wide fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025 because of increased demand for SUVs and pickups.

That assessment came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board in a recent report.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 26

Oral Arguments On Landmark Clean Power Plan To Be Heard Tuesday

With a U.S. appeals court set to hear oral arguments Tuesday on the Clean Power Plan, Progress Illinois looks at the debate over the landmark climate change regulations and the potential outcomes of the case. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 9

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. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Sep 7

Environmental Group Demands Action On Lead Emissions From Small Airplanes

A leading environmental group wants swift federal action on leaded aviation fuel used by small airplanes and some helicopters.

Friends of the Earth released a new report on the issue, noting that leaded aviation fuel, or "avgas," accounts for 50 percent of all airborne lead emissions.

Lead is a highly toxic metal known to adversely affect neurological development.

"While lead has been banned or limited in consumer products, building materials and automotive gasoline, no action to date has been taken to address the largest source of lead emissions into the air -- leaded aviation fuel," reads the Friends of the Earth's report, prepared by the Center for Environmental Health.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Aug 26

Millennials & Their Children Face Massive Economic Hit If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

Millennials and future generations will face staggering economic losses over their lifetimes due to climate change if current trends continue, according to a new report.

Demos and NextGen Climate sought to quantify the economic costs of climate change on millennials and their children.

Without significant climate change action, a 21-year-old college graduate from the class of 2015 with median earnings could lose more than $126,000 in lifetime income and $187,000 in wealth as a result of environmental problems, the report found. A 21-year-old with median earnings but no college degree stands to lose $100,000 in income and $142,000 in wealth over a lifetime.

For the entire millennial generation, the total loss of lifetime income due to climate change could hit nearly $8.8 trillion, the study showed.

"Climate change may very well be the biggest threat ever faced over the lifetime of a single generation, impacting the incomes, wealth and livelihoods of millions of millennials," NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer said in a statement. "We have a moral responsibility to act so that our children are not crushed by the costs of climate change."

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Wed Aug 24

Bernie's 'Our Revolution' Campaign To Launch Wednesday In Chicago, Nationwide (VIDEO)

Despite having lost the Democratic presidential nomination, "the Bernie revolution" will continue with the "next phase" launching nationwide Wednesday night.

Some 2,600 watch parties and meetings are set to take place across the country tonight as former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses thousands of his supporters to "lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share," according to Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver, who also served as Sanders' presidential campaign manager.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Aug 18

Enviros Campaign To Counter Mark Kirk's 'Illinois First' Bus Tour

Environmentalists are following U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on the campaign trail this week to counter his "Illinois First" bus tour message.

NextGen Climate Illinois is showing up at Kirk's campaign stops as part of its own bus tour, called "Kirk First." The environmental group wants to hold "Senator Kirk accountable for his actions" and show "voters how he puts his own self interests above those of Illinois."

"Despite what he'd like constituents to believe, Senator Kirk has shown that he does not put 'Illinois First,'" NextGen Climate Illinois spokeswoman Katie Cronin said in a statement. "He has voted to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and has voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon pollution. It is clear that Senator Kirk does what he thinks he has to do to get re-elected at the expense of the people of Illinois."