climate change

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 28, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

AS COP27 falls short, U.S. policies position Michigan to meet healthy climate goals, expert says

BY: - November 23, 2022

Michigan is moving ahead to meet its goals in the MI Healthy Climate Plan thanks to an upgraded U.S. commitment to tackling climate change, according to an environmental expert. That support is critical as the just completed United Nations 27th Climate Conference (COP27) fell short, with participants’ focusing on an effort to assist vulnerable countries bearing […]

NextGen president: Climate and economic justice are at stake for young people this election

BY: - November 8, 2022

“A lot of young people in Michigan understand what’s on the line,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said while sitting on a bench in the University of Michigan Rackham Auditorium lobby on Saturday after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) filled it to max capacity. Ramirez, the president of NextGen America, was in Ann Arbor for one of […]

Where the Michigan governor and attorney general candidates stand on Line 5 and climate change

BY: - October 19, 2022

Updated, 6:38 a.m., 6:20 p.m., 10/19/22, with comment from Dixon’s campaign On virtually all policy points, Democratic incumbents Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel couldn’t be further apart from their GOP challengers, gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon and Attorney General nominee Matthew DePerno. But perhaps one of the most tangible, albeit lesser-mentioned differences between […]

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —   As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a hearing last week came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last […]

As climate change hits Michigan harder, more residents pay the price

BY: - September 18, 2022

The summer of 2021 brought an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding freeways, knocking out power and leaving standing water in basements in communities across metro Detroit. While those memories are fresh for many, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns an increase in extreme rainfall could be on the horizon. NOAA recently released its […]

At Detroit auto show, Biden praises American workers, progress on climate crisis 

BY: - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden touted the emerging electric vehicle market during a nearly three-hour visit to the North American International Auto Show on Wednesday at Huntington Place.  Biden’s visit included a tour of the showroom floor and 30-minute rally that was packed with area union workers and elected officials. “We’re choosing to build a better America, […]

PR work for ‘Big Oil’ helped stymie climate action, U.S. House Democrats say

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Public relations firms aligned with oil and gas companies have tested the limits of their industry ethics and caused major slowdowns to federal climate change policy, Democrats on a U.S. House panel said at a Wednesday hearing. The firms’ conduct went beyond the bounds of ethical public relations work, Democrats on the House […]

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program on […]

U.S. House members raise doubts about Manchin environmental permitting deal

BY: - September 12, 2022

More than 50 U.S. House members are objecting to a push to revise federal environmental permitting requirements for energy projects — part of a deal Democratic leaders struck with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III to win passage of their climate, health and taxes bill that passed last month. The House members signed onto a letter […]

Vilsack: America’s voluntary approach to agriculture is better than Europe’s mandates

BY: - September 2, 2022

BOONE, Iowa — The more than $1 billion the federal government is devoting to voluntary efforts to reduce agriculture’s adverse effects on the environment is a better long-term strategy than mandating new rules for farmers, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. While state and federal officials in the United States have tended to […]

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 […]