environment

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]

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 […]

National parks refine ticketed-entry systems to manage visitor boom

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain at Maine’s Acadia National Park is a gorgeous view — so breathtaking that on some days, as many as 500 cars could be found vying for the scenic overlook’s 150 parking spots. That competition has become more manageable since Acadia officials began using a reservation system in May, […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

U.S. Senate advances contentious nomination for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Majority Leader […]

What four new wilderness areas would mean for the U.P.

BY: - July 27, 2021

Updated, 10:06 p.m., 7/27/21 “There are better views than this. This isn’t the most scenic,” former wilderness ranger Doug Welker tells me, unimpressed, as we peer down hundreds of feet onto a breathtaking panorama of dense green forest, uninterrupted and wild up to the horizon. Welker, who still regularly hikes the area since leaving his […]

BLM nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

BY: - July 23, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

State pushes back against Enbridge’s request to pause Line 5 suit during Canada treaty talks

BY: - July 22, 2021

Updated, 8:58 a.m., 7/23/21, with comment from Enbridge In a court filing Friday, Attorney General Dana Nessel shot back against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s “legally unfounded suggestion” that State of Michigan v Enbridge should be put on pause while Canadian and U.S. officials discuss the possibility of a Line 5 closure. Arguing on behalf of […]

Air Force begins sampling groundwater wells at Oscoda PFAS site

BY: - July 21, 2021

Oscoda residents had a chance to ask questions and hear updates from state officials Tuesday on how the U.S. Air Force’s cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is coming along at the decommissioned Wurtsmith Air Force Base. The base was found to have significant PFAS groundwater contamination more than a decade ago. The U.S. […]

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 […]

Manchin says he’ll back BLM nomination, as committee vote is set

BY: - July 20, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, with Chair Joe Manchin III planning to vote to approve her — a major step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Manchin, a West Virginia […]

At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]