climate change

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

BY: - March 28, 2021

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel last week outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate. But Republicans worried increased federal involvement would be counterproductive to conservation goals while hurting rural […]

4 big questions about the feds’ scrutiny of oil and gas leasing on public lands

BY: - March 22, 2021

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden paused new oil and gas leasing on federal lands as his administration reviewed fossil fuel development policy. Now that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has taken office, the administration is gearing up to begin that process. A forum comprising the energy industry, conservation groups, labor organizations and […]

Farmers call for voluntary, financially appealing programs to fight climate change

BY: - March 12, 2021

Congress should use voluntary, financially appealing programs to encourage farmers and foresters to help address climate change, experts told the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday.  Speakers from the corn and soybean fields of Illinois to the rice fields of Arkansas told the panel that it would be best to work through existing farm programs to coax farmers […]

House Agriculture panel to key in on climate change and farming

BY: - February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats are eyeing proposals that would support programs for U.S. farmers — who have suffered catastrophic losses from severe weather events in recent years — to reduce carbon emissions on their land. In his first major policy hearing as House Agriculture Committee chair, U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) said Thursday that the issue […]

State panel doesn’t have to consider climate change in Line 5 tunnel permit decision, judge rules

BY: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down Line 5 by May will not have any bearing on at least one part of Enbridge’s permitting quest to build a replacement pipeline after all, much to the disappointment of many environmentalists. Administrative Law Judge Dennis Mack ruled Tuesday that although the Michigan […]

Gov. proposes $300M to fix bridges, $290M for clean water

BY: - February 12, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday said her recommended $67.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 is “laser-focused” on targeting the state’s most important priorities, as Michigan begins to strategically rebuild from a year of hardships due to COVID-19 and the recession it caused. Those priorities include a heavy focus on addressing the state’s infrastructure and […]

Stabenow: Vilsack is ‘one step closer’ to taking back reins at USDA

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Tom Vilsack’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), after a hearing in which Vilsack discussed climate change goals in farming, food insecurity, supply chain problems and inequalities faced by Black farmers. “We are one step closer to confirming Secretary Vilsack so […]

Buttigieg puts greenhouse gas reduction at center of Biden transportation policy

BY: - January 22, 2021

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg offered an unapologetic defense of President Joe Biden’s vision for improved transportation and greenhouse gas reductions during a Senate hearing to consider Buttigieg’s nomination for U.S. transportation secretary on Thursday. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

BY: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]

Rick Haglund: Tackling climate change is the smart move for local governments, businesses

BY: - September 26, 2020

Brandy Brown faced skepticism about climate change from the day she accepted her job as the head of the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy. “Brandy, that climate change stuff isn’t real,” Brown said a longtime friend told her when she was appointed to lead the office last year. Her friend’s denial of climate change […]

Whitmer: ‘Fighting climate change is good for our health, economy’

BY: - September 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan and “protect public health and create clean energy jobs by making Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050.”  At the United States Climate Alliance “Leading the Charge” virtual event Wednesday afternoon, the Democrat discussed this new plan and Michigan’s role in combating climate […]

Michigan’s dam problem isn’t just in Midland — and it’s part of a larger infrastructure crisis

BY: - June 14, 2020

Michigan has a dam problem, as the Midland disaster has shown. We’re not alone — but the Great Lakes State faces unique challenges in remedying the issue. Across the country, dams are increasingly becoming a relic of America’s infrastructural past. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) estimates that the average age of the country’s […]