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Michigan Environmental Report

Winter 2011

Vol. 29 Issue 1

New DEQ chief Dan Wyant: Looking to economic gardening to grow, protect Michigan

As a boy, Dan Wyant used to stop traffic on US-131 near Schoolcraft to let his grandfather’s 20 head of dairy cows march across the highway to be milked.
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RELATED TOPICS: green economy

Myth buster: State data shows Michigan renewable energy beats coal on cost alone

Renewable energy in Michigan is significantly less expensive than new coal-fired power and will cost ratepayers far less than originally projected, according to a new report from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and a revised renewable energy plan filed in February by Consumers Energy.
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, energy efficiency

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Plunging into a legislative session with open lines of communication

If the first months of 2011 are any indication, we are in for a barn burner of a year. From Gov. Snyder’s administration coming into office and releasing its first budget, to a new legislature getting started and environmental legislation already moving, there won’t be much time to catch a breath. As we predicted last year, it’s going to be all hands on deck during this legislative session.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: State’s Supreme Court restores citizens’ right to protect resources; but AG Schuette wants reconsideration

The right of Michiganders to sue to protect the state’s natural resources was restored by the Michigan Supreme Court in a decision made in late December with input from a Michigan Environmental Council legal brief, but the citizen rights may be short-lived if Attorney General Bill Schuette has his way.
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RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Bell ringers: Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
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MEET & GREET: MEC breakfast introduces member groups to Michigan’s new legislators

At the beginning of each legislative term, the Michigan Environmental Council hosts a breakfast to introduce new and returning lawmakers to member groups. This year, the Feb. 9 event took place in the Anderson House Office Building near the State Capitol. Some 126 people attended, including 22 legislators, 18 legislative staff members, 64 member group representatives and three members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet.
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RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups

OUTDOORS: Recreation Passport is paying off so far

Michigan’s innovative new state park funding is providing a glimmer of good fiscal news amid a backdrop of budget woes.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Trivia Time: Michigan clean energy’s affordability

A revealing picture of where clean energy stands relative to coal-fired electricity in Michigan was illuminated in February through two new documents: Analysis from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and a revised renewable energy plan from Consumers Energy Co.
View Article2011-03-23  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

MEC, allies applaud federal electric vehicle agenda

Michigan Environmental Council joined the Ecology Center and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters in applauding President Barack Obama’s January call for Americans to make the nation the world’s first to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The groups supported his call to shift money from oil company subsidies into incentives for electric vehicle purchases and infrastructure investments.
View Article2011-03-23  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: energy efficiency

End of an era

Glen Sheppard, the legendary editor of the North Woods Call, passed away in early January at the age of 74. The Call, his fiercely independent conservation newspaper, has ceased publication.
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products.
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LAND STEWARDSHIP: Study: Michigan creates more jobs, faster, with public transportation and work on existing roads

The state will create more jobs, faster, by investing in existing roads and improving public transportation rather than funding new road projects, according to a report released in Michigan by the Michigan Environmental Council, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and Smart Growth America (SGA).
View Article2011-03-23  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: transportation policy
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