Environment

Report: Market could adapt to Line 5 shutdown without shortages or price increases

BY: - November 21, 2023

Updated, 1:34 p.m. 11/22/23, with comments from Enbridge A report has found that a shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline would be both commercially and operationally feasible and proposes a number of alternatives for transporting crude oil and natural gas liquids.  PLG Consulting, which advises a variety of industries — including oil and gas — […]

Five charts on the changing Midwestern climate

BY: - November 21, 2023

The just-released Fifth National Climate Assessment contains some grim predictions about the future climate trajectory of the Midwest and the country as a whole. Temperatures are warming, environments are degrading, and the world we once knew is evolving into something very different. The report also contains a lot of charts, and in many cases those […]

UAW ratifies contract with automakers, Detroit casino workers approve deals at two locations

BY: - November 20, 2023

As the United Auto Workers (UAW) union votes to ratify contracts with General Motors, Ford and Stellantis, the Detroit Casino Council strike will continue at MGM Grand Casino following an announcement on Sunday.  The Detroit Casino Council, which is made up of members from UNITE HERE Local 24, UAW Local 7777, Teamsters Local 1038, Operating […]

Federal report forecasts the Midwest’s climate future

BY: - November 20, 2023

More ticks. More mosquitos. Less snowmobiling and ice fishing. Those are just a few of the climate impacts facing Midwestern states in the coming decades, according to the just-released Fifth National Climate Assessment. The massive, congressionally-mandated report is released roughly every five years in an attempt to track how climate change is affecting the United […]

Here’s your guide to what the Michigan Legislature didn’t finish this year

BY: , , and - November 19, 2023

The first Democratic-majority Legislature in four decades ended a frenzied year early this month after sending the governor a slew of legislative priorities, including a clean energy overhaul, abortion rights reforms and financial disclosure requirements for state officials. That came after an even busier first few months that saw Democrats use their narrow majorities to […]

A year after devastating winter storm, power plant problems ‘still likely’ in extreme weather

BY: - November 18, 2023

Nearly a year ago, a Christmas weekend storm blasted across the country, forcing utilities to cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in parts of the southeastern U.S. after temperatures plunged, demand spiked, large numbers of power plants failed and natural gas supply was strained. As the anniversary approaches of Winter Storm Elliott, a pair […]

Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads

BY: - November 13, 2023

A 60-mile pedestrian and cycling trail in Arkansas, an electric street sweeper in Oregon and truck parking facilities in Florida don’t appear to have much in common — let alone any similarity with a conversion of California highways to toll roads or a roundabout in Michigan. But all of the projects will be paid for […]

Senate ‘Clean Energy Future’ bills move to governor’s desk

BY: - November 8, 2023

A slate of bills from the Senate’s “clean energy future plan” are set to move to the governor’s desk after further consideration from the House and Senate.  Last week, the House voted to approve Senate Bills 271, 273, 502 and 277, which would establish updated clean energy and waste reduction targets, allow farmers to lease […]

Legislature OKs final bills giving state regulators authority over renewable energy permits

BY: - November 8, 2023

In a party-line vote on Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled Michigan Senate advanced a package of energy siting bills that proponents say would streamline permitting for large-scale renewable energy developments.  The House approved the final versions of the bills later on Wednesday. The legislation now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who had declared […]

Clean energy package policy changes earn mixed response from environmental advocates

BY: - November 7, 2023

In a push to advance Michigan’s clean energy industry and bring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan into state law, majority Democrats in the House and Senate have advanced bills aimed at transitioning Michigan to 100% clean energy sources by 2040.  “With passage of these game-changing bills, Michigan will be a national leader on […]

At Green New Deal for Michigan rally, activists call for more climate change policies, funding

BY: - November 6, 2023

During a spirited rally Sunday in Dearborn, activists and elected officials called for stronger state and federal policies centered on Green New Deal concepts.  The demonstration was held after a marathon Michigan House on Thursday that spilled into Friday, during which the Democratic-controlled Michigan House moved forward on their clean energy package. That’s one of […]

U.S. House GOP in spending bills takes aim at federal LGBTQ, racial equity policies 

BY: - November 6, 2023

U.S. House Republicans are continuing to use government spending bills to engage in culture war battles, with legislation debated during the past week that would ban pride flags on some federal buildings, strip funding from a new museum for Latino history and target certain LGBTQ and racial equity policies and programs. The hot-button provisions in […]