On the Environment: Snyder Fails
Clean Water Action’s scorecard for Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term highlights his failure to safeguard Michigan’s environment. “As someone who just wants to have their water and drink it too,” says Clean Water Action’s Denny Green, “the Governor couldn’t have done much worse on the environment if he’d tried.”
Gov. Snyder received a failing grade based on actions he took (or failed to take) on fourteen different bills, coming up on the wrong side twelve times. “This subpar performance, nearly a 90% rate of failure, is shameful for the governor of a state literally defined by its Great Lakes,” Green says. Read more
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.
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
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign. We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products. Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:
Defending Clean Water
Bottom line for our water: a strong Clean Water Rule must be in place before the end of 2015.
The rule is needed to restore fundamental Clean Water Act protections, clarifying once and for all what resources will be covered under the law. Until the rule is finalized, small streams and wetlands — including drinking water sources for more than one in three Americans — remain vulnerable to pollution and development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received 860,000 comments in support of this common-sense proposal. This outpouring of public sentiment in favor of clean water follows millions more calls, letters, emails and petition signatures mobilized by Clean Water Action and allies — more than on any other clean water issue — through our decade-long campaign. Read more