climate change

Dingell pledges climate action, but faces a big hurdle: the Senate

BY: - November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) will soon roll out ambitious legislation to require the United States to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050, she said Thursday.  The Michigander is one of several Democratic lawmakers spearheading the bill, which has been in the works for months. The legislation is expected to require […]

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Peters, Stabenow support scrapping Trump power plant rule, but vote fails

BY: - October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected Democrats’ attempt to overturn a controversial Trump administration power plant regulation.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant rule, which was seen as a weaker replacement for a former President Obama-era regulation to clamp down […]

Stabenow talks climate crisis impacts on Great Lakes after releasing new report

BY: - October 8, 2019

Erratic and extreme lake level fluctuations will be the “new normal” for the Great Lakes, as climate change causes more frequent and more intense storms. This is according to a new report from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), who hosted a climate change roundtable with local health and environmental stakeholders Tuesday morning in Lansing. Stabenow […]

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Susan J. Demas: Infighting, money woes could hurt 2020 progressive change at the ballot box

BY: - September 29, 2019

Last year was a banner year for progressive ballot proposals in Michigan, with measures legalizing marijuana, going after gerrymandering and expanding voting rights all passing easily. And you know it was successful, because the GOP-controlled Legislature promptly clamped down on the process with a Lame Duck law, which a judge last week partly struck down. […]

Next up for Nessel: Taking on Trump over Endangered Species Act rollback

BY: - September 28, 2019

The President Trump administration’s rules weakening the 1973 Endangered Species Act — which was written by the late Michigan U.S. Rep. John Dingell — is being challenged by a coalition of state attorneys general, including Michigan. In August, the U.S. Interior and Commerce departments announced final rule changes, including mandating that regulators must look at […]

Enviro groups declare solidarity with UAW, telling GM: ‘We know you can do better’

BY: - September 27, 2019

Almost 50 environmental organizations signed a letter Friday addressed to the CEO of General Motors, declaring their support for the United Autoworkers (UAW) members who have been striking against GM since Sept. 16. The 46 environmental groups, composed of local and national organizations including Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club and Sunrise Movement, directly urge GM CEO […]

Nessel joins state AGs in suing Trump admin over vehicle emissions

BY: - September 23, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is among the 23 state attorneys general from around the country suing the federal government over vehicle emission standards.  The AGs from states and the District of Columbia also are joined by the cities of Los Angeles and New York in filing suit against the President Trump administration after it […]

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Column: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate

BY: - September 21, 2019

Even if you’ve never heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist who crossed the Atlantic on a sailboat to attend a Sept. 23 United Nations summit on the climate, you may have seen the student-led Global Climate Strike she helped inspire on Friday, Sept. 20. People in all 50 U.S. states and more than […]

Activists demand bold action at Lansing climate strike

BY: - September 20, 2019

Updated, 2:43 p.m. 9/22/19 with comments from Sen. Peters’ office “What do we want?” “Green New Deal!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Several hundred people, led by students and young activists, congregated at the Lansing Capitol steps Friday afternoon to chant, march and demand bold action from government leaders on climate change. https://s37741.p1438.sites.pressdns.com/2019/09/19/climate-strike-events-planned-across-michigan-friday/ The […]

Climate Strike events planned across Michigan Friday

BY: - September 19, 2019

Multiple Michigan cities and organizations plan to join worldwide participants of the Friday Global Climate Strike in calling for action against climate change. The events are part of a worldwide event in which young people and adults plan to call for transformative climate action by elected officials, preceding countries convening at the 2019 United Nations […]

Climate change study: Lyme disease spread cost Michigan $8M in 1 year 

BY: - September 18, 2019

A study of 10 climate-impacted events in 2012 estimates the health-related costs of those events at $10 billion, with an $8 million price tag for Lyme disease spreading in Michigan alone.  The study from the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says the costs stem from an estimated total of 917 deaths, 20,568 hospitalizations […]

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Susan J. Demas: Trump’s crazy 2 weeks underscore just how much we’ll lose if he wins in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump is diverting disaster funds during hurricane season to his precious border wall. Migrant children are being raped, falling ill and dying in border concentration camps. His administration is planning to stop regulating the greenhouse gas methane as the Amazon is literally on fire. Trump has managed to unleash even more mad-king rantings […]