Protecting the Great Lakes State
On Earth Day, Clean Water Action partnered with State Representatives Sarah Roberts, Jeff Irwin, Gretchen Driskell and Tom Cochran to introduce a package of bills calling for more state protections from oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan.
Enbridge’s 62 year-old Line 5 pipelines run under the Straits of Mackinac, carrying nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil every day through the middle of the Great Lakes. Built during the Eisenhower administration, the aging infrastructure poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes. Read more.
The following statement is attributed to Clean Water Action’s Michigan Director Nic Clark regarding the Democratic renewable energy plan:
“Yesterday the Democrats in the Michigan legislature announced their intention to pursue an energy policy agenda. It is clear that the Democrats in Lansing understand that investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will create jobs and protect our Great Lakes. While the concepts in yesterday's announced proposal are a step in the right direction, and if the legislature were to pass them tomorrow I and the more than 250,000 members of Michigan Clean Water Action would be thrilled, I wish that their proposal was bolder and more in line with what is truly needed to embrace a move towards clean renewable energy.
In 2014, Michigan’s legislature actively sought to dismantle existing clean water and other environmental protections. Often these actions were taken under the banner of job creation and natural resources protection, but the voting record tells the real story. This session has shown that Michigan’s elected officials are more committed to representing well-funded polluters than standing up for the Michiganders who elected them. In the past year the legislature has rolled back years of progress in protecting Michigan’s water and natural resources, while encouraging the outsized influence of big money in Michigan politics.
The 2014 election season is underway. This year Governor Snyder will run for a second term as Governor of our great state. In the past four years, Governor Snyder has made promises about protecting Michigan’s energy, communities, and environment, especially the Great Lakes. The disconnect between Governor Snyder’s words and his actions tell the real story: he is not a true guardian of our environment or our communities.
LANSING, MI – Today, Clean Water Action, Michigan’s largest environmental and conservation organization, formally endorsed candidates across Michigan. Below is a list of the organization’s endorsements.
“The candidates we have endorsed have made protecting our Great Lakes among their top priorities,” said Nic Clark Michigan Clean Water Action Director. “We have great confidence that they will stand with Michiganders and make great strides toward protecting our Great Lakes, environment, and communities.”
Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation.
Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more
For too long, the coal industry has polluted our precious Great Lakes and waterways. As stewards of 1/5 of the world’s fresh water, we can’t afford to allow coal plants to continue toxic chemical dumping.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed long-overdue power plant pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals and other chemicals that can be dumped in our water. Unfortunately the coal industry is already trying to block them.
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