Environment

Another delay: Line 5 mediation is likely to wrap by late September

BY: - August 19, 2021

Mediation between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has been pushed back one month due to a cancelation, meaning that a federal judge may not make a decision on which court will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline until late September or early October at the […]

Mich. senator on UN climate change report: ‘We don’t have time to sit and wait anymore’

BY: - August 16, 2021

As Michigan lawmakers and environmentalists are working to mitigate the effects of recent natural disasters fueled by climate change across the state, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week highlighting that global warming is posing more of an immediate existential threat than previously thought.  The IPCC report highlighted […]

GOP Rep. Berman announces AG bid in ‘22

BY: - August 13, 2021

State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) announced his bid for attorney general on Wednesday. Berman has been a frequent critic of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 response and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s plans to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.  In his campaign announcement, Berman said he values “the […]

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U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill, with more than $8B going to Michigan

BY: and - August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), worked […]

UN climate change report is a ‘reality check’ — and that reality is grim

BY: - August 10, 2021

The numerical difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees Celsius is small, but it stands between all that is alive and a potentially cataclysmic capsizing of the natural world. As soon as 2030 — a decade earlier than previously estimated —the Earth’s average temperature is on track to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial […]

Mich. senators tout bipartisan infrastructure bill for big boosts to Great Lakes, roads, broadband

BY: - August 9, 2021

As the Senate gears up to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, Michigan’s senators say it would be a big shot in the arm for Great Lakes restoration efforts, broadband access, roads, bridges, highways and electric vehicle expansion.  The legislation, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week, also comes as the […]

Michigan receives $52M in federal funds to fortify infrastructure against natural disasters

BY: - August 9, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $51.7 million federal grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure that will be resilient against climate change. “I am grateful to have an ally in the Biden administration that is working diligently to ensure that we have the resources to […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]

Study: Utility shutoffs help drive evictions in Michigan

BY: - August 3, 2021

Updated, 3:31 p.m., 8/3/21 As a national moratorium expired Saturday that will likely trigger a massive wave of evictions, a new report shows that utility shutoffs are a big reason renters in Michigan face evictions and subsequent homelessness. The Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) study outlines policy recommendations for how lawmakers should deal […]

‘It’s a tinderbox situation’: Governors ask Biden for better wildfire prevention

BY: - August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states last week to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said on Friday. “We’re in for a long fight this […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Can Michigan grow its ‘blue economy’ while facing fallout from climate change?

BY: - August 2, 2021

A 2015 study exploring Michigan’s “blue economy” forecast a prosperous future in which Michigan’s enormous water resources would serve as the catalyst for thousands of high-paying new jobs as the state becomes the world’s “freshwater innovation capital.” “One hundred years after launching the industrial revolution, we look to a new green-blue revolution consisting of sustainable […]