Michigan is the Great Lakes State, and we have a unique resource in our water resources as well as a responsibility to protect our water for current and future Michiganders. Clean Water Action has over 135,000 active members in Michigan who value our Great Lakes and protection of the water resources on which we all rely.
Our current Michigan Legislative Priorities and Policy Recommendations include:
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country, we write with deep concern about -- and strong opposition to -- the September 4th 2020 OMB circular M-20-34, “Training in the Federal Government,” and the related September 22nd 2020 Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.
In this issue read more about our work in Michigan to get out the vote for environmental champions, protecting our Great Lakes, updates on our Michigan legislature and endorsed candidates, our fight to shut down Line 5, how our canvass staff has shifted to organizing safely and effectively, and a recap of our 2020 Great Lakes Award Celebration.
2019 brought an increase in the pace and severity of attacks on our water — Dirty Water rollbacks that would undermine fundamental protections for our water and our health. Thanks to big changes in leadership in the U.S. House, legislative assaults in Congress have mostly abated. Thanks to the support and active involvement of our members, donors and volunteer clean water activists around the country, we’ve been able to hold the line against the worst of these attacks. We launched successful legal challenges to keep bad rules from going into effect.
September 17, 2020
The Honorable Adam Smith -- Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
The Honorable Mac Thornberry -- Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
The Honorable James M. Inhofe -- Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
The Honorable Jack Reed -- Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
Unfortunately, the Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress found that support for common sense protections for our health and water break down along partisan lines.
Since the start of the 116th Congress in 2019, the House of Representatives has worked to put people, water, and the environment first while the Senate has prioritized corporate special interests and rubber stamping the President’s nominees. Clean Water Action’s Scorecard documents these attacks and shows you how your elected officials voted on key environmental legislation.
It’s a cliche to say that elections have consequences — but it’s true.
ReThink Disposable & Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund, in collaboration with MudLab and the UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management have released a timely guide for restaurants seeking to keep customers safe while at the same time honoring our commitment to the planet. In the guide, readers will find conclusions about the safety of reusables from the scientific community, FDA, CDC, and other authorities on the topic. Further, helpful tips for maintaining reusable systems despite the extra precautions necessary for protection against COVID-19 are paired with practical tips from restaurants who currently implement such re-use systems.
We are deeply concerned that the proposed regulations will continue to allow claimants of the Section 45Q tax credit to benefit from the production of fossil fuels without adequately demonstrating secure geologic storage of captured carbon, as the law requires.