Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

"Anti-Biodiversity Bill" Hearings Continue

Another hearing on SB 78, the "anti-biodiversity bill," has been scheduled for Thursday, February 21. Last week's hearing was packed and those who were allowed to testify did a great job. Thank you League of Women Voters, Michigan Botanical Club and others! I have added some commentary below to explain and highlight some issues that were raised there.


Governor's energy hearings start on Valentine's Day, end on Earth Day! Be heard!

Since we love energy efficiency and clean renewable power here at MEC, it is quite appropriate that today - Valentine's Day - is the first of seven public forums on Michigan's energy policy called for by Governor Rick Snyder.


Fast-growing Michigan company thrives with energy-saving services

Think of clean renewable energy, and wind turbines and solar panels usually come to mind before energy efficiency. But a Northern Michigan firm has harnessed the growing efficiency market to score national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.


Biodiversity: Key to healthy forests, yet target of terrible proposed law

A proposal in Michigan's legislature (SB 78) would needlessly undercut longstanding and important protections that are helping restore Michigan's natural resources and safeguard the genetic diversity of plants and animals managed on state lands.


Polluting the Pure Michigan brand

The ill-advised Pure Michigan Right to Work advertisement is the latest in a string of questionable decisions that suggest the state and in particular, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) don't understand the value of the brand they inherited.


Michigan parks and the power of place: More than mere amenities

The Lansing State Journal ran a nice article yesterday ("Snyder weighs big changes for Michigan's parks") about the recommendations of the Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel.


A darn good reason for Michigan's utilities to oppose Proposal 3's 25x2025 clean energy standard (as long as you're not a ratepayer)

Our state's big utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, are spending millions to defeat Proposal 3's 25x25 renewable energy standard even though they acknowledge renewables are creating jobs and providing homes and businesses with electricity at costs far cheaper than anticipated.


Prop 3's 'sky is falling' report's assumptions: Garbage in, garbage out

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued another doomsday report recently, claiming that achieving Proposal 3's 25% renewable electricity goal by 2025 would unleash economic Armageddon on our fair state, increasing bills hundreds of dollars annually.