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Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
Transit treat
A monumental obstacle to good public transportation in Southeast Michigan—the lack of a coordinating agency—was bulldozed when a Regional Transit Authority was signed into law in late 2012. It was the 24th legislative attempt over several decades, proving that persistence pays! As Deadline Detroit’s Jeff Wattrick reported, “Virtually every first-, second-, and third-rate metropolis has such an authority to efficiently manage public transportation.” Now we’re in the game!

On energy
We won’t lie. The defeat of Proposal 3’s renewable energy plan was disappointing. So it was especially welcome news that one of Prop 3’s highest profile opponents, Gov. Rick Snyder, voiced support for exploring and likely increasing Michigan’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards only weeks removed from the election. His sentiment echoes those of post-election polls showing Michiganders support clean energy, but they don’t want it in their State Constitution.

Climate action

President Barack Obama identified climate change as one of his top three priorities for the coming term. Of course, we’ve heard this before, but it is a welcome change in tone at a time when the effects of an altered climate are becoming apparent even to skeptics. November, by the way, was the 333rd consecutive month with global average temperatures above average.
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