Environment

Biden goal for U.S. transition to electric vehicles cast into doubt at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - April 11, 2022

A White House climate goal to transition the United States to electric vehicles is in trouble if the nation cannot produce more minerals that go into those vehicles’ batteries, U.S. senators of both parties said Thursday. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed during a hearing that more domestic production of lithium, […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Why the Enbridge Line 5 tunnel is a pipe bomb at the Straits  

BY: - April 8, 2022

The sordid details of Enbridge’s Line 5 in Michigan reveal at least 33 spills, along with at least 3 anchor/cable strikes that had the potential to cause a massive oil spill. We’ve been lucky. Incredibly lucky. But our luck will run out. Enbridge proposes to build a tunnel for Line 5. They assure us — […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 7, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]

Whitmer signs $4.8B infrastructure deal, highlights parks funding

BY: - March 30, 2022

Following the GOP-led Legislature’s adoption last week of a massive, nearly $5 billion supplemental infrastructure plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sealed the deal Wednesday by signing the two-bill package in downtown Grand Rapids. The “Building Michigan Together Plan,” composed of Senate Bill 565 and House Bill 5525, puts forward some of the largest infrastructure investments in […]

Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal, including tribal programs

BY: - March 29, 2022

President Joe Biden’s budget request, released Monday, would boost funding for the Interior Department by nearly one-fifth, well above what the administration has proposed for most discretionary spending. The president’s $5.8 trillion request to Congress for fiscal 2023 proposes a 5% increase for domestic discretionary programs. Interior would see $17.5 billion in discretionary spending, a 19% increase from the […]

On this day in 1922: William Milliken, Michigan’s longest-serving governor, is born

BY: - March 26, 2022

One hundred years ago, William Milliken, the moderate Republican who signed landmark civil rights and environmental legislation, was born on March 26, 1922, in Traverse City.  The soft-spoken, low-key Milliken holds the distinction of being Michigan’s longest-serving chief executive, holding the office for 14 years. Long before the days of term limits, he served from […]

Lawmakers pass massive $4.8B plan for water, infrastructure and more

BY: - March 24, 2022

A deal reached between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan’s GOP-led Legislature culminated in almost $5 billion in spending being passed Thursday to shore up infrastructure, drinking water quality, transportation, housing and more. The main supplemental spending bill, Senate Bill 565, was introduced by state Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo) and largely uses leftover state and […]

Climate change has made allergy season longer and more intense, researchers find

BY: - March 24, 2022

By the end of the century, allergy season could start 40 days earlier and last 19 days longer due to climate change — potentially increasing the pollen count by 250% and making allergies far more intense, new research shows. According to a study published in Nature Communications last week, as temperatures get hotter, trees, grasses, and weeds […]

Enviros say GOP, oil industry are using high gas prices to fearmonger about pipeline shutdowns

BY: - March 24, 2022

Gas prices have soared in recent weeks amid inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with some Democrats raising concerns about price gouging. Although they’re starting to drop, many Republicans and oil companies are still using gas prices to criticize Democrats President Joe Biden and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for efforts to shut down oil pipeline […]

Indigenous water protectors stress ‘remaining strong’ in Line 5 fight at int’l conference 

BY: - March 18, 2022

“Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but we’ve been strong and we’ve made it this far,” said Nathan Wright, speaking to a room of international water protectors on Friday. “Our ancestors have really taught as well and so have our teachings, and we’re going to remain strong and we’re going to keep up the fight.” From […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: Here’s how we can improve our classrooms and our climate

BY: - March 18, 2022

Educators and schools play a critical role in preparing our kids for the future and giving them the skills they’ll need to thrive. But education doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and our students’ future will be shaped by more than what they learn from their textbooks.  Right now, the climate crisis is one of the […]

Bills would protect Michigan’s freshwater supply, close bottled water loophole

BY: - March 17, 2022

House Democrats reintroduced legislation Thursday to expand protections for Michigan’s water supply and close a loophole in state law allowing corporations to bottle Michigan’s water and ship it elsewhere. The bill package, introduced by state Reps. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids), Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), clarifies that groundwater and surface water are […]