climate change

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 […]

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Column: Faith leaders in Michigan are ready for climate action

BY: - July 29, 2021

Even as we turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, a feat that President Joe Biden himself came to Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate, many in our state still find our faith challenged by the ongoing climate crisis. Severe flooding trapped drivers in Detroit and prompted emergency rescues last month, while other parts […]

Dems unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 21, 2021

Updated, 11:31 a.m. 7/21/21 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared with a handful of […]

As SE Michigan rebuilds after flooding, how can the state better prepare for future disasters? 

BY: - July 14, 2021

As officials in Michigan are calling for more water infrastructure funding after June flooding ravaged through Southeast Michigan, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a report outlining policy recommendations to improve how states prepare for and handle natural disasters. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) held a […]

Trees: The critical infrastructure low-income neighborhoods lack

BY: - July 8, 2021

As the Pacific Northwest sweltered through a record-breaking heat wave last week, many residents here in America’s least air-conditioned city sought relief under the shade of cedars and maples in city parks. But in some areas of Seattle, that shelter was hard to come by. “If you look at aerial photographs, north Seattle looks like […]

Biden, governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

BY: - July 1, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

Senate Republicans rip into Biden’s oil and gas leasing pause

BY: - April 28, 2021

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee excoriated the Biden administration’s pause of new oil and gas leasing at a hearing Tuesday, illustrating the political pressure the administration faces as it reviews federal energy development policy. Under intense questioning from Republicans about the revenue impacts, legality and duration of the leasing pause, […]

Haaland asks for federal funding for Interior to fight climate change, aid Native Americans

BY: - April 26, 2021

In her first congressional hearing as the leader of the Interior Department, Secretary Deb Haaland fielded questions from members of a U.S. House spending panel last week on the major conservation and energy initiatives that President Joe Biden has outlined. She was noncommittal Tuesday about some contentious and high-profile items of deep interest to Western […]

Enviros win appeal for state agency to consider Line 5 tunnel climate change impacts

BY: - April 21, 2021

The three-member Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), one of three state agencies with the power to grant Canadian oil company Enbridge the permits needed for the company’s proposed tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Mackinac Straits, said Wednesday the agency will consider the tunnel’s climate change impacts in hearings. Although the MPSC’s ruling also denied a […]

Biden banks on offshore wind to help curb climate change

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters. The pilot project began producing power last October but is just the beginning for an industry poised for massive growth over the next decade. Longtime […]

Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure

BY: - March 31, 2021

Updated, 6:04 p.m. with comments from Whitmer The sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal President Joe Biden laid out Wednesday in Pennsylvania includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important “down payment” to address the crisis. A 25-page outline calls for $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps, […]

Biden to unveil $2T plan to rebuild infrastructure, create jobs, move to clean energy

BY: - March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Pennsylvania will unveil a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure package to rebuild highways and bridges, along with funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years, an administration official told reporters on Tuesday night. Alongside the expansive infrastructure plan, the president […]