A surprise mention of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline threatened to overshadow the President's announcment of his administration's long awaited climate change action plan, which is centered on limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
Some environmentalists warn that a recent federal report on greenhouse gases doesn’t tell the full story. The Environmental Protection Agency says natural gas producers have significantly reduced emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that could decide whether the fossil fuel is a viable short-term option for fighting climate change.
The last barge carrying coal to Pilsen’s Fisk Power Plant lumbered up the Chicago canal in late August, dumping a final 1,500 tons of coal to burn in a community whose members were more than happy to see their industrial neighbor go.
Congress appears unlikely to strike deal that would avoid $85 billion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to take effect starting Friday, which would limit Illinois' ability to police air and water quality.
Toxic emissions from Illinois industry increased more than 10 percent in 2010 over the year before, but pollution has still been trending downward over the last decade.Illinois companies emitted more than 100 million pounds of poisonous gasses, heavy metals and other chemicals.