Environment

New: Most Michigan voters support Inflation Reduction Act, want further climate change action

BY: - August 30, 2022

New polling has found that a majority of Michigan voters support President Joe Biden’s recently signed federal law that will pour $750 billion into priorities like climate and health care, while even more residents would support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer securing those funds for energy projects in Michigan. The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, signed into […]

Tlaib at hearing on federal environmental protections: ‘The system is broken’ 

BY: - August 26, 2022

Richard Shobe lives near a Stellantis assembly plant on Detroit’s lower east side that he said continually gives off foul odor. “The psychological impact of not knowing what you are being exposed to, and to have others telling you that you are safe, but you have neighbors who are getting sick is really tough and […]

Proposed rail line linking SE and northern Mich. touted for convenience, positive climate impact

BY: - August 24, 2022

Some Michigan residents and officials are encouraged about an effort that is expected to coordinate train service connecting the southeastern and northern regions of the state. A northern Michigan rail development plan would include cities such as Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, Owosso, Traverse City, Petoskey and a potential route to Detroit. The effort, which […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Will Michigan remain the U.S. auto industry’s center amid the switch to EVs?

BY: - August 24, 2022

Nearly seven years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she had “no doubt that the auto industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the past 50 years.” She was prescient, to say the least. About the only thing that hasn’t changed is Barra, who still runs […]

In blow to state, Nessel’s 2019 suit to shut down Line 5 to remain in federal court

BY: - August 19, 2022

A federal judge on Thursday denied Attorney General Dana Nessel’s motion to remand her 2019 lawsuit against Enbridge back to state court where it originated, presenting a significant setback in the state’s efforts to shut down the aging Line 5 pipeline that transports oil under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after Neff ruled […]

House Democrats slam Republicans for taking most of the summer off

BY: - August 18, 2022

Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday afternoon to voice frustrations about the lack of legislative action in recent months. The event was held in response to an announcement that Wednesday’s scheduled legislative session would not include votes or attendance.  “We have critical pieces of legislation that have been […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens Line 5 environmental review

BY: - August 15, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District on Monday formally published a notice of intent for its forthcoming draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the embattled Line 5 tunnel project. The EIS process means that the plans to replace the aging pipeline will be scrutinized by the highest level of federal environmental review […]

State health dept. lifts no-contact recommendation after Huron River chemical spill

BY: - August 15, 2022

After almost two weeks, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has lifted its no-contact recommendation on parts of the Huron River following a chemical spill. On the weekend of July 29, Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom released hexavalent chromium into the Wixom Sewage Treatment Facility, which feeds the Wixom wastewater treatment plan, which […]

Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years. The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has […]

How EV charging efforts could shape the future of Michigan recreation and industry

BY: - August 14, 2022

While Michiganders pack into their cars to take in the state’s natural beauty and automakers pledge to invest billions in electric vehicles, efforts to support EVs in Michigan could change the way residents travel and play.  As the state plans to expand its network of electric vehicle chargers, including placing charging stations in state and […]

EVs could present new opportunities for outdoor recreation in Michigan

BY: - August 14, 2022

Creating an infrastructure for electric vehicles in Michigan could also open up new opportunities for the outdoor recreation industry. As people rediscovered the outdoors through the pandemic, they’re looking for new experiences, said Brad Garmon, director of the Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. The goal for many companies is to get people to try their […]