Michigan Environmental Report

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

Turning crusaders to milksops

Renewable energy sure takes a beating from free marketers like Heritage Foundation policy analyst Ben Lieberman, who said in November saying wind power is "a bubble which bursts as soon as the government subsidies end."

Thursday Linkaround

Mine tax: Investment in Michigan's rural future

A new mining era is dawning in the Upper Peninsula. At least five big operations are getting underway or entering the permitting process, and maybe half a dozen more are busily exploring and testing the waters for future mines.


Since the ideal height of Michigan trees has been adequately covered by Mitt Romney, we tree huggers are moving on to a different topic.

Hello & Welcome!

Welcome to Michigan Distilled, the Michigan Environmental Council's latest vehicle to bring ideas, analysis, news, and a bit of fun to the public discourse.

When Our Rivers Caught Fire

John Hartig’s book chronicles fires on horrifically polluted Rouge River and three others, and the public outcry that stopped them.

TRIVIA TIME: Test your knowledge of Michigan’s State Parks

How much do you know about Michigan's State Parks? Test your knowledge here!

Asian carp expert: Great Lakes tributaries may be more at risk than the lakes themselves

Google “Asian carp,” and you’ll return 348,000 hits. Not as many as Lindsay Lohan (21.3 million) but still plenty of choices from which to glean information on the voracious fish knocking on the door of the Great Lakes.