Environment

Biden toasts new infrastructure law at GM electric vehicle plant opening in Detroit

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden traveled to Detroit Wednesday to tout the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure package he signed into law on Monday while helping to celebrate the opening of General Motors new electric vehicle assembly plant.  The Democrat was given a tour of the Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center along with the chance to take an […]

Pungent odor near Detroit Jeep plant prompts civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators

BY: - November 17, 2021

Residents who live near Stellantis’ year-old Jeep assembly plant in Detroit filed a federal civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators on Monday, alleging racial discrimination for allowing the automaker to increase air emissions in the predominantly Black city. For months, a pungent, headache-inducing odor has been wafting from the Jeep Grand Cherokee plant on […]

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in US efforts against climate change for first time

BY: - November 17, 2021

For the first time in history, a presidential administration has committed to incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge into the scientific, technical, social, and economic advancement of the United States. President Joe Biden pledged on Monday during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to […]

Suit alleges ‘deliberate indifference’ from govt. leaders over Benton Harbor water crisis

BY: - November 17, 2021

Updated Nov. 18, 12:21 p.m., with the correct location of Morgan & Morgan. A group of Benton Harbor residents filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad, and other state and city officials last week, accusing the government leaders of “deliberate indifference” and alleging they failed to adequately warn residents […]

New: Judge rules for Enbridge, Line 5 shutdown case to be heard in federal court

BY: - November 16, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that the lawsuit over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, originally brought before a state court, will be heard in federal court, per Enbridge’s request. “.. .The Complaint arises under federal laws and treaties, and it presents substantial federal questions,” Judge Janet Neff writes in her 218-page Tuesday ruling, […]

‘We have a voice’: Biden administration hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016

BY: - November 16, 2021

State, federal and tribal leaders came together during the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Monday to talk about commitments towards Indian Country and highlight the importance of the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government. “The White House sits on the ancestral homelands of the Anacostan and the Piscataway people,” Secretary of […]

Biden blocks energy leases as Tribal Nations Summit meets

BY: - November 16, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday said the administration will move to prevent oil and gas development for two decades near Chaco Canyon, an area in northwestern New Mexico that’s culturally significant to the area’s Native American communities and important for biodiversity. The plan was formally announced during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, the first […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Climate change is killing our future

BY: - November 16, 2021

For years now we’ve been subjected to an endless stream of nonsense from those who deny the inescapable reality that our planet is overheating due to human-caused pollution in the atmosphere. It’s now apparent that the cascading effects of global baking — and the concurrent lack of action by our politicians and lawmakers — are […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , , and - November 15, 2021

Updated, 6:43 p.m. 11/15/21, 7:34 a.m., 11/16/21 WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. “The signing of the Infrastructure Investment […]

Enbridge boat crashes into Mackinac Bridge, leaves 4 injured

BY: - November 15, 2021

Updated, 12:27 p.m., 11/16/21, with comment from U.S. Coast Guard A 30-foot vessel operated by a contractor of embattled Canadian oil company Enbridge crashed into the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge on Nov. 3, just over a mile East from the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline that the company operates under the Straits of […]

Biden slated to visit Detroit GM plant on Wednesday

BY: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Detroit Wednesday to visit the the General Motors Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. At the electric vehicle assembly plant, he is slated to tout the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which includes building electric vehicle charging stations across the country, reducing emissions to fight the climate […]

Climate change: Women and families in poor countries most feel the brunt

BY: - November 12, 2021

The two-week climate conference in Glasgow, concluding today, shone a spotlight on the harm climate change inflicts on women and families in the world’s most vulnerable countries. Women, who often hold lead roles in providing food and health care for their families, are on the front lines, according to advocates participating in panel discussions during […]