New Bill Attacks Your Right-to-Know

Tags: clean water, energy, FOIA, pipeline safety, pipelines, right to know, Straits of Mackinac

Corroded section of pipe that caused the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

Earlier this year, Rep. Kurt Heise (R – Northville) introduced House Bill 4540 to amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Fracking in Michigan Conference

Tags: clean water, energy, fracking, local government, state goverment

The goal of the Fracking in Michigan Conference is to provide credible information to state and local officials, NGO's, and highly interested citizens about fracking and the growing oil and gas industry in Michigan

Energy Roundtable in Marquette

Tags: business, energy, Marquette, Upper Peninsula

When it comes to the topic of energy, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a different story to tell than most of the rest of the state. The Presque Isle coal power plant sits on the shore of Lake Superior north of Marquette. The power plant, owned by Wisconsin Energy Power Company, is slated to be retired but has been kept running due to concerns about reliable power moving forward.

EPA Carbon Rules: Accelerating Michigan's Transition to Clean Energy

Tags: carbon, energy, energy efficiency, Renewable Energy

On June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from our nation’s power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The rules take aim at carbon emissions from the single largest source in the United States –existing power plants. They are an important, common sense step forward in the ongoing effort to address climate change and reduce air pollution

Redefining the Beauty of Windmills

Tags: energy, Renewable Energy, Wind, wind power, windmill

One of the common arguments I hear against wind power is that windmills ruin the look of a landscape. Apparently, to some, the tall white towers and huge spinning blades are eyesores amongst the rolling green hills and sprawling farmland of our state. The windmills are big, that is true. The blades can be as long as 50 meters. And, often windmills do not sit alone but in herds of towers in diagonal lines across the land.

Political Year in Review: Best of 2013

Tags: asian carp, clean energy, conservation officers, Dunes, energy, petcoke, PWIR

It's the most wonderful time of the year --- 2013 countdown lists are here! From all of the highlights below, 2013 could be declared the year of land, air and water. We have our work cut out for us in 2014, but for now, let's reflect on what we accomplished together. Welcome to the year-in-review edition of Michigan LCV's regular political update, the Political Week in Review.

Public Health, Clean Energy are Centerpieces of Moms Clean Air Force Luncheon

Tags: air pollution, air quality, clean energy, energy, MCAF

“You know me as a state legislator, but today I am here as a mom.” These opening words from Representative Rashida Tlaib (D - Detroit) set the tone for a legislative luncheon on December 4th sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force Michigan (MCAF) at the State Capitol in Lansing. Fifty-three representatives of Michigan's legislature were in attendance to hear about the positive impacts renewable energy and energy efficiency have on air quality and public health.

Holland Residents Discuss Environmental Priorities at Town Hall

Tags: Dunes, energy, fracking, Great Michigan, Holland, lands

photo: panelists

Holland residents braved the winter weather on Tuesday night to gather at the Herrick District Library to discuss Michigan’s top environmental priorities.

"Great Michigan" Traveling Town Hall Heads to Holland

Tags: Dunes, energy, fracking, Holland, league of women voters

photo: Holland

On December 10th Michigan LCV will take our "Great Michigan" Town Hall road show to West Michigan. You may remember we partnered with State Representative Sarah Roberts in St. Clair Shores last September (click here for a recap) and now we're headed to Holland for a West Michigan perspective.

Submit Your Comment for Lower Energy Costs

Tags: clean energy, energy, energy efficiency

A report released by Governor Snyder's administration shows that Michigan's energy efficiency standard is saving homeowners and businesses millions, and that utility companies are on track to surpass our state's efficiency goals. Tell Governor Snyder to lower our energy costs.

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