President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming

"The President affirmed clear imperatives: we must protect our children, and preserve the climate we pass on to them."

-Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain, State of the Union response.


Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we gathered 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down under what the Chicago Tribune called "firestorm" of criticism. Environment Illinois has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.


Winning victories for clean energy.

This fall, the Illinois General Assembly passed "smart grid" legislation that includes major provisions for renewable energy and energy efficiency that Environment Illinois fought to have included in the bill. These key provisions will boost green jobs in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, cut health-harming pollution from energy production, and save consumers money. Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain and Max Muller lobbied on the successful team that brought the bill across the finish line.


Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Illinois's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Illinois's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across America to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support. And our statewide limits on mercury emissions provided the basis for the EPA's nationwide standards.


Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution. We need your help to keep up the fight.