Fighting Fossil Fuels

If we want to reduce energy costs and protect public health and the environment for future generations to enjoy, we need to keep fossil fuels where they belong -- in the ground.

A majority of Michigan’s energy comes from fossil fuels -- primarily coal and natural gas. Our reliance on dirty energy has only served to exacerbate climate change and pollute our air and our water, earning us the title of a state with one of the highest asthma rates in the country.

Michigan has already committed to produce 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2021, but to tackle the climate crisis we must go further.  Ending our reliance on coal is a top priority, but fracking and natural gas also pose grave threats to our Great Lakes and drinking water.

MEC is working to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels through policy victories that better regulate the impacts on our air pollution and water quality, in addition to requiring energy providers to boost their renewable energy production.


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An aging oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac threatens our Great Lakes with a devastating oil spill.

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