Michigan's Energy Policy and the current environmental agenda

After months of lengthy hearings and intense lobbying by power companies and other special interest groups, the House Energy Committee in Michigan finally advanced broad legislation touching on renewables, energy choice, energy efficiency and rate processes in 2015.

Racial Discrimination Found by EPA in Flint Power Plant

"This community of color on Flint's north side has lived in the incinerator's toxic shadow for decades, and the complaint was ignored until this year, when the agency finally issued a finding of discrimination on January 19th, the final day of the Obama administration." "State authorities treated African-American residents of Flint unfairly during the permitting of the Genesee Power Station, which is down the road from his church and burns wood waste and other debris." - Father Phil Schmitter, a longtime activist and pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church Flint has been in the national s

Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Protect the Puppies

Many people probably think Animal Testing has probably changed from the nightmare like stories documented by P.E.T.A and other animal activists groups seen on T.V, Facebook, Youtube and other social medias. Sadly, Animal Testing still poses major harm to animals regardless of safe intentions by researchers.

Help Go Solar

All around the world, communities are turning to solar energy in order to meet energy needs a way that is clean, local and independent. Resorting to solar energy to power schools, homes and businesses is great for the community, the economy and the environment. Solar power has tripled in the U.S. in the last two years, with another American family or business going solar every four minutes. This is largely due to the price of solar energy dropping more than 50% since the year 2011.

Oil transportation in the Great Lakes

"Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac."

"Last month, it was discovered the line has protective coating defects in 19 places."

The Endangerment of Bees

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“Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.”

It is estimated that the value of naturally occurring honey bees to Michigan crops is about $460 million per year.

Michigan's Energy Policy and the current environmental agenda

After months of lengthy hearings and intense lobbying by power companies and other special interest groups, the House Energy Committee in Michigan finally advanced broad legislation touching on renewables, energy choice, energy efficiency and rate processes in 2015.

Racial Discrimination Found by EPA in Flint Power Plant

"This community of color on Flint's north side has lived in the incinerator's toxic shadow for decades, and the complaint was ignored until this year, when the agency finally issued a finding of discrimination on January 19th, the final day of the Obama administration." "State authorities treated African-American residents of Flint unfairly during the permitting of the Genesee Power Station, which is down the road from his church and burns wood waste and other debris." - Father Phil Schmitter, a longtime activist and pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church Flint has been in the national s

Protect the Puppies

Many people probably think Animal Testing has probably changed from the nightmare like stories documented by P.E.T.A and other animal activists groups seen on T.V, Facebook, Youtube and other social medias. Sadly, Animal Testing still poses major harm to animals regardless of safe intentions by researchers.

Help Go Solar

All around the world, communities are turning to solar energy in order to meet energy needs a way that is clean, local and independent. Resorting to solar energy to power schools, homes and businesses is great for the community, the economy and the environment. Solar power has tripled in the U.S. in the last two years, with another American family or business going solar every four minutes. This is largely due to the price of solar energy dropping more than 50% since the year 2011.

Oil transportation in the Great Lakes

"Every day, nearly 23 million gallons of oil flow through two aging pipelines in the heart of the Great Lakes, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Built in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, the two 20-inch-in-diameter “Line 5” pipelines owned by Canadian company Enbridge, Inc., lie exposed in the water at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac."

"Last month, it was discovered the line has protective coating defects in 19 places."

The Endangerment of Bees

Jacob Metzger (TC)'s picture

“Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.”

It is estimated that the value of naturally occurring honey bees to Michigan crops is about $460 million per year.

Light Pollution Is Not Hyped Up Enough (Seriously)

Michigan faces a newly found environmental problem with light pollution. This isn't the typical Michigan environmental problem surrounding the great lakes or its' many rivers. There once was a time that people could see the milky way from downtown Ann Arbor on a "stary" night. Besides the loss of the pretty sky; there is stronger growing evidence that the loss of darkness at night is negatively affecting plants and nocturnal animals. The loss of darkness at night is also attributing to large-scale bird and insect deaths.

Trump Sets to Undo Obama's Auto Emission Limits

President Trump has announced that he will cancel an executive order that sets tough regulations on automotive emissions through 2025. President Obama signed this executive order along with 13 automakers to increase the fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The agreement was finalized in 2012 for model years 2017- 2025 in which there is a federal government evaluation in 2018.

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Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Proposal on Decreasing Roadkill

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Plastic, feces, and animals. Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Kirby Heinonen Great Lakes

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Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Bill Nb: #154

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Grass Carp Invasive Species

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Great Lakes Invasive Species

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Past and Present Pollution in the Great Lakes

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Upcoming oil epidemic could help out the environment

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