September 29, 2006

A Big Blow To a Big Polluter

This week the federal Environmental Appeals Board dealt a major setback to proposal by Indeck for a new dirty coal plant south of Joliet, right next to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

This is a huge victory for those who have fought against all odds against the Indeck proposal. The proposal is not dead, but serious questions have been raised. Congratulations to Bruce Nilles, Verena Owen, Becki Clayborne, Jerry Heinrich, and everyone else who has been working to stop the plant.

More details are available here and here.

September 26, 2006

Clean Cars - Not Just for The Feds Anymore

Today's Chicago Tribune has a front-page article on the village of Wilmette's proposal to give residents who buy efficient cars a break on their annual sticker fee.

Good for WIlmette. Good for the Chicago proposal to give free parking to hybrids. Good for Gov. Blagojevich for proposing a $500 tax credit for buyers of efficent cars. Good for State Rep. Dave Winters, whom I heard at a forum in Rockford Monday night talking about plans for legislation to give state sales tax breaks to clean car buyers.

The public clearly does not want to drive around in their gas guzzlers waiting for Washington to get its collective head out of the sand. We can do better, as individuals and local governments.