Environment

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]

Judge deems Line 5 mediation at ‘standstill’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Updated, 8:12 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Enbridge The federal judge tasked with determining which court — state or federal — will determine whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has formally acknowledged the mediation breakdown between the parties. In a Tuesday order, Judge Janet Neff dismisses the state’s Sept. 14 […]

U.S. House Dems pass $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods

BY: - September 21, 2021

Updated, 6:16 a.m., 9/22/21 with vote WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unveiled a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. The bill was passed by the House on a party-line vote Tuesday night, 220-211. Michigan’s delegation split […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee this week finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure passed […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 2:23 p.m., 9/16/21, with new comments from Whitmer’s office and MackinawOde New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney […]

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Column: Community solar investments are a way out of outages during an era of climate change

BY: - September 15, 2021

In the DTE service area, four major power outages in July and August cumulatively affected over 900,000 customers, some of whom lost power — and with it, groceries, access to medical devices and more — multiple times over.  The failure of DTE Energy to provide reliable power, while customers pay some of the highest utility […]

Great Lakes funding and 3 other big climate items in Congress’ reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Tlaib joins ‘Squad’ in Minn. to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3, draws parallels to Line 5 fight

BY: and - September 8, 2021

Updated, 2:07 p.m., 9/8/21, with comment from Enbridge Over the weekend, four members of the “Squad,” a group of progressive members of the U.S. House — Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — traveled to Minnesota in opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline.  Speaking on matters […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during the last […]

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Column: Meijer and Upton did the right thing. Now they must do it again.

BY: and - September 7, 2021

In the last days of June, Congress quietly took perhaps its most consequential climate vote in history. A bipartisan majority voted to reverse a Trump-era rule weakening methane emissions and put back in place the more stringent guidelines established under former President Obama. Only 12 House Republicans voted for the measure. U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer […]

House Dems kick off reconciliation process with $30 billion Interior bill

BY: - September 3, 2021

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday inched toward approval of a $30 billion bill to fund climate, tribal and environmental programs. Thursday’s meeting marked the first time a congressional committee considered any piece of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan meant to fundamentally change U.S. health, climate, education and tax policy. Democrats plan to move […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: and - August 25, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]