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Topic: Climate Change

Clean energy advocates celebrate opening of Traverse City solar array

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Traverse City took a leap forward in meeting its ambitious goal of powering 100% of city operations with clean energy on Thursday, October 26 with the opening of the M-72 Solar Project.
Read MoreOct 26, 2017

Trump's climate mistake highlights need for local leadership

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The Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Climate Action Network issued the following statement Thursday in response to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Read MoreJun 1, 2017

MEC cheers DTE plan to add clean energy, slash carbon emissions

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in reaction to DTE Energy’s announcement that it will add 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy and cut its carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050.
Read MoreMay 16, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

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Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2017-2018

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Following the Flint water crisis, it is clear that state government must refocus its attention on protecting public health and the environment. Michigan Environmental Council will focus on the following priorities in the 2017-2018 legislative session. These policy priorities were developed in collaboration with our member organizations from throughout Michigan.
Download ReportJan 30, 2017

Michigan Climate Action Network helps communities take action against climate change

Michigan Environmental Report
Though he made a name for himself as a venture capitalist, Tom Porter may have been destined to be an environmental activist. “It’s sort of in my DNA,” he admits, recalling frequent childhood treks in the woods with his father, a botanist. “We couldn’t walk for more than 25 feet without stopping to look at another plant.”
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

100% renewable cities

Michigan Environmental Report
In a day of events in Traverse City focused on climate change, former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell encouraged community members to act locally and shared his vision of how setting a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025 is changing life for the better in Grand Rapids. “To achieve great things, you must set bold goals,” Heartwell said. Grand Rapids was the first city in Michigan to set such a goal in 2008, and there are now at least 19 cities around the U.S. with 100% renewable energy goals.
View ArticleJan 14, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC lauds passage of energy bills

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The Michigan Environmental Council praised state leaders Thursday for approving a comprehensive energy reform package that will continue the state's transition to a clean-energy economy and reduce energy costs for families and businesses while protecting public health and the environment. "This is an important victory more than two years in the making," said Chris Kolb, MEC president. "These bills are a vast improvement over earlier proposals and will keep Michigan's energy policy moving in the right direction.
Read MoreDec 15, 2016

MEC blasts southeast Michigan leaders for refusing to give voters a say on regional transit

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb on Thursday issued the following statement blasting elected leaders in southeast Michigan for standing in the way of major improvements to the region's transportation system and refusing to give voters a say on the Regional Transit Authority's master plan:
Read MoreJul 28, 2016

MEC calls on southeast Michigan leaders to send RTA plan to voters

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The Michigan Environmental Council on Wednesday urged southeast Michigan leaders to come to an agreement around the Regional Transit Authority’s master plan and put funding for the plan before voters in November, noting the Aug. 16 deadline for county clerks to approve ballot language.
Read MoreJul 27, 2016

MEC: Regional transit plan packed with potential for vibrant, sustainable southeast Michigan

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A new master plan for regional transit has the right elements to fundamentally transform southeast Michigan's transportation system, connect residents with jobs and opportunities, drive economic development and make Metro Detroit a magnet for innovative businesses and talented workers, the Michigan Environmental Council said Tuesday. 
Read MoreMay 31, 2016

Senate energy bills fail to protect Michigan ratepayers

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A pair of Senate bills to eliminate Michigan's wildly successful renewable power and energy efficiency standards will lead to major rate increases for families and slam the brakes on economic development in the state, the Michigan Environmental Council told lawmakers today.
Read MoreMay 4, 2016

MEC testimony on energy bills SB 437 and SB 438

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We believe the current versions of SB 437 and SB 438 are a step backwards for energy policy in Michigan. The bills fail to protect Michigan families and businesses from unreasonable rate increases, fail to protect public health and will impede economic development within the state.
Download ReportMay 4, 2016

Michigan Climate Action Network to unite statewide efforts around climate change

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Groups from across the state met together for the first time on February 11 at Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) headquarters in Lansing to share their work on climate change and discuss collective future action in Michigan.
View ArticleMar 15, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: President’s Award spotlights successful campaigns

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It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the negativity in our political decision-making process that we forget to see how much good is actually getting done in our communities.
View ArticleDec 2, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Historic climate march creates ripples of hope

Michigan Environmental Report
With the sun setting on the New York City skyline behind us, Bill Latka, a filmmaker and leader of the Traverse City chapter of 350.org, read the following passage over the loudspeaker to the 55 exhausted and exhilarated travelers as we began our 18-hour bus ride home: “Organizing a big march is like throwing a rock in a pond: the splash is exciting, but the real beauty is in the ripples.” It was written by one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March, and it rings so true.
View ArticleDec 1, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Putting a price on carbon

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More than 20 Michigan volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) traveled to Capitol Hill this summer and joined almost 600 other CCL volunteers from across the country to lobby members of Congress for bipartisan legislation that puts a price on carbon.
View ArticleDec 1, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

A clean power plan for Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Many of us working on energy and climate policy looked forward to June 2 like it was Christmas morning. That was the date set for the EPA to announce a new draft rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, building on the Clean Power Plan President Obama drafted last summer. Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to dig into the rule, does it match the hype leading up to it? On one hand, yes: It is undoubtedly the most significant action the U.S. government has taken to address climate change, and it should yield economic benefits and job creation.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Mama Summit 2014 calls for action on climate change

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This May, moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children's health. Together in a bipartisan setting, participants will demand action to protect the air our children breathe--both indoor and outdoor--and call for action on climate change.
View ArticleApr 11, 2014

2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

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The theme of this year’s conference is Repair America and will focus on repairing the infrastructure systems we rely on every day to create good jobs and address climate change.
View ArticleJan 15, 2014
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Green Economy

Sarah Mullkoff hired to lead Michigan Environmental Council’s energy policy work

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Mullkoff comes from National Wildlife Federation. Replaces David Gard as MEC's energy program director.
Read MoreJan 10, 2014

President’s call for cuts in carbon pollution will protect ratepayers, public health

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President Obama’s call for cuts in carbon pollution, if achieved, will boost the economy, improve public health and protect ratepayers as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change, the Michigan Environmental Council said today. The initiative also gives Michigan an opportunity to harness the economic opportunities by expanding investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, the council said.
Read MoreJun 25, 2013

Climate or weather?

Michigan Environmental Report
I’m a scientist by training. I know the difference between climate and weather. So the fact that it’s supposed to hit 87 degrees today, March 21, in Lansing, Michigan, and that my neighbors are mowing their grass, that the trees in my yard are sprouting fresh new buds, and friends have been slapping mosquitoes? That’s weather.
View ArticleJun 20, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Bill would send yard waste to dumps; ‘guaranteed bankruptcy’ for composters

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Bills being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives today would drive the state’s composting operations out of business.
Read MoreMar 15, 2012

MEC strongly urges Representatives to reject HB 4265 and HB 4266 -- yard waste ban exemption

Michigan Environmental Report
More greenhouse gases, more landfills and more layoff notices make these bills bad policy for the State of Michigan. Instead Michigan should be exploring policies that would make us a clean energy leader around the country.
View ArticleMar 14, 2012  •  March 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers: Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Clean Air Act and Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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A letter to Michigan’s Congressional delegation from Michigan college, university, agency and NGO researchers regarding the Clean Air Act and greenhouse gas emissions. --- As scientists, researchers, and concerned citizens of the great state of Michigan, we are writing to urge all members of our delegation to stand up for clean air, clean water and the future of Michigan’s economy. We strongly urge you to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the people of Michigan from air pollution and human caused climate change, both of which put public health, agriculture, the environment and our economy at risk.
Download ReportMar 8, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Clean Energy

Snyder administration appeals to preserve Holland coal plant denial; House Dems announce support for new coal

Michigan Environmental Report
Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is going to court to try and maintain a Department of Environmental Quality denial of an air permit for a coal plant expansion in Holland; meanwhile, House Democrats have started the new session by endorsing construction of new coal plants in Michigan.
View ArticleJan 20, 2011  •  January 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060, released by MEC

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The first public draft of a sweeping vision for a thriving, sustainable Michigan in the year 2060 was released this fall for public input.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC policy expert offers Peak Oil webinar

Michigan Environmental Report
A webinar led by MEC Energy Program Director David Gard exploring the concept of “Peak Oil” was offered to MEC member groups Sept. 30. The 60-minute presentation discussed the evidence and potential consequences of this emerging reality, and suggested possible solutions for a sustainable future
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Clean Car standards will benefit Midwest economy, environment

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Federal fuel economy standards will benefit Big Three automakers, consumers in Michigan and the Midwest
Read MoreApr 1, 2010

Michigander's YouTube climate fight draws an online crowd

Michigan Environmental Report
Peter Sinclair doesn’t suffer climate change skeptics gladly. So the Midland resident has taken to blasting fact-sized holes in their arguments through a series of innovative, caustic and educational YouTube videos that have gained a national following this year.
View ArticleDec 1, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Climate Council and Gov. Granholm: Michigan must forge ahead with ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, become energy independent and create jobs

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Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Executive Directive (2009-4), released today, reflects the unique consensus on Michigan energy policy reforms reached recently by a diverse group of leaders from manufacturing, automotive industries, utility companies, environmental groups, universities, and government.
Read MoreJul 30, 2009

U.P. slammed with huge electric rate hike for new coal plants, is Rogers City next?

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One dozen groups file comments urging more thorough consideration of cheaper, cleaner alternatives to Rogers City coal burning plant
Read MoreJul 10, 2009

Michigan Environmental Council statement on proposed new mileage, tailpipe standards

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The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded President Obama’s plan to establish responsible, uniform mileage standards that will slash greenhouse gas pollution from new vehicles and make the nation more energy independent.
Read MoreMay 19, 2009

MEC to State House: Don't sabotage Michigan's Clean Energy jobs

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The following letter was delivered to State House Speaker Andy Dillon, Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and Gov. Granholm’s office from leading statewide environmental groups. It is a response to a letter to the governor signed by dozens of House members criticizing her recent Clean Energy executive directive. Many of these House members are Clean Energy supporters, but have been grossly misled about the legality, intent, and effect of the governor’s directive. We hope this letter helps set the record straight…or, at least straighter!
Read MoreMar 26, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Climate Change

Low-carbon fuels standard cited a 2009 legislative priority in Lansing

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One of the Michigan Environmental Council's legislative priorities for 2009 is the adoption of a low-carbon fuels standard that will help diversify Michigan's economy, protect the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels from other states and nations.
View ArticleFeb 17, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Detroit joins Michigan cities vowing aggressive cuts in global warming pollution

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Detroit today joined the growing ranks of cities embracing a green economy and taking the initiative against climate change, committing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions significantly during the next several years.
Read MoreJan 29, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Climate Change

MEC readies to battle for modern energy codes in new buildings

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC and its allies are gearing up to convince state legislators to overhaul the state’s outdated and inefficient construction codes for new buildings.
View ArticleDec 15, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Clean energy legislation signed by Governor: The economy and the environment win

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A victory for Michigan’s environment and economy was secured in September with the adoption of new energy efficiency programming and the state’s first renewable energy standard.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

New policy associate brings research and world travels to bear on state’s energy issues

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Tremaine Phillips, a Michigan State University graduate whose environmental studies have taken him from Brazil to Australia, joined the Michigan Environmental Council staff this summer.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Federal energy bill takes big step forward with first fuel economy increases in decades

Michigan Environmental Report
The first increases in federal automotive fuel economy standards in more than three decades passed Congress in December, drawing cheers from leading Michigan environmental groups, including the Michigan Environmental Council.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Climate Change

Is there really ‘Clean Coal’?

Michigan Environmental Report
The image is appealing and strangely unforgettable. It’s simply a bright orange, heavy-duty electric cord, its three-pronged plug fitting easily into a luminously smooth piece of coal. Instantly the entire screen is illuminated in bright, warm, reassuring light. Ah, the wonders of “Clean Coal.” I have to admit, this is one great TV ad.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Newly formed Michigan Climate Action Council tackles greenhouse gasses

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council is among those tapped to help the state stem global warming through the newly formed Michigan Climate Action Council. Gov. Jennifer Granholm created the council in November to draft a blueprint for state climate change policies and actions. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through technology innovation and policies that provide economic and environmental benefits.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

WonkTalk: Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

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Welcome to "WonkTalk," a new Michigan Environmental Report featurette designed to put environmental geekspeak and arduous acronyms into plain English.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Clean Energy

Fuel for thought

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An older British woman once described how as a child she would savor the first strawberries picked in season. Nowadays, she said, they just don’t taste as good because you can buy them any time you want at the supermarket. What, besides nostalgia for a simpler and sweeter time, do we really pay for year-round strawberries? For starters, consider the embedded energy resources they represent.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Food Policy

Clean energy: It’s about the economy, dummy!

Michigan Environmental Report
It’s the economy, stupid! And, the environment as well, according to a new University of Michigan study that shows the two go hand-in-hand when it comes to renewable power, reductions in global warming pollution and incentives for energy efficiency.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Climate change in Michigan: Lower lakes, higher temps

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Climate change is coming to Michigan and a Great Lake near you, according to a panel of experts convened to discuss recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Supreme Court signals shift in climate change realities

Michigan Environmental Report
Suddenly, environmental work is hot. It feels like the late 1960s when filthy water and lung-burning air tipped public opinion, drove historic legislative changes and forced President Nixon to sign laws protecting America’s water, land, air and endangered species.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Environmentalist deputized by Al Gore to present climate change facts

Michigan Environmental Report
A member of the MEC family is a foot soldier for Al Gore. Kathryn Savoie, Environmental Program Director for the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services, is helping to spread Gore’s message that global warming is the biggest moral challenge facing civilization.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

The "Urban Heat Island" Crock

Michigan Environmental Report
Could the scientists at Nasa, the National academy of science, the American Meteorological Society, and every professional scientific organization on the planet really have been so silly as to miss something this obvious?
View ArticleNov 30, -0001  •   - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change

Carbon Counter

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The Carbon Counter displays the running total amount of long-lived greenhouse gasses in the earth's atmosphere, measured in metric tons.
View ArticleNov 30, -0001  •  Special Reports - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change
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