The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently approved permits for Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel application. Enbridge hopes to build the “oil tunnel” as a replacement for the 68-year-old Line 5 pipeline, to continue pumping oil through the heart of our Great Lakes. As a reminder, this is the same company responsible for the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, the second-largest inland oil spill in our country’s history, that has cost more than $1 billion and taken more than a decade to clean up.

Fortunately, gaining approval from EGLE is just one step in the process for…

Over the past month, we have seen the disastrous effects of climate change play out across the country. The devastating wildfires on the west coast, Hurricane Sally in the Gulf and the dam collapses in Michigan are glaring examples of how our changing climate threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. The climate crisis is no longer a problem for future generations — it is the most pressing problem we face right now.

Lisa Wozniak, executive director of Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Here in Michigan, we see the serious impact of our changing climate in numerous ways. An increase in severe weather events and precipitation over the…

By: Baldomero Gonzalez, Political & Outreach Director

I grew up in Southwest Detroit and spent my entire life living next to the dirtiest neighbors this state has ever known: AK Steel and Marathon. I know what it is like to be unsure if my water is safe to drink. I’ve had to hold my breath because the air is unsafe to breathe. I’m spending months restoring my basement because excessive rainfall has flooded my home three times in the last four years. …

Surrounded by more than 90% of the nation’s fresh water, the Great Lakes are critical to who we are in Michigan and our way of life. Our Great Lakes are a source of clean drinking water for millions in the region and a key driver for our state’s economy, but today Michiganders are faced with widespread toxic contamination in drinking water and the threat of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes.

Any candidate visiting the state of Michigan should be prepared to talk about how they are going to protect our drinking water from toxic contamination, hold polluters…

The state Legislature and Governor Whitmer have both proposed state budgets. Which is best for Michigan’s public health?

Back in March, Governor Whitmer announced her proposed budget for the State of Michigan. It focused on four areas: Michigan roads, education, skills and drinking water.

Now that’s environmental leadership!

As promised in her campaign, Governor Whitmer’s budget shows a huge investment in cleaning up Michigan’s water from source to tap. Let’s go over the highlights, shall we?

Highlights from the Governor’s budget proposal

First, the budget dedicates $120 million dollars to drinking water. This money goes to a lot, from replacing…

Here’s what happened that affects Michigan’s land, water and air:

April 10 marked the official 100th day of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s first term in office. Over the last 100 days, a lot has happened, from executive orders and directives to department-wide reorganization and budget proposals.

ICYMI, here’s a breakdown on the top events:

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Care about making sure renewable energy is affordable for the average person? Read this.

At the end of March, DTE submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC). This is a big deal for the future of affordable, renewable energy for DTE’s customers.

A woman who made her mark on Grand Rapids, the environment, and Michigan as it is today.

“Hi, my name is Corinne, I’m from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and I am NOT calling to ask for money.”

Corinne Carey opens every action phone call she makes this way, and for the most part, it works. She’s been volunteering for Michigan LCV in West Michigan since the fall of 2018 — about the same time she turned 92 years old.

On volunteer days, she’ll be dropped off in the office by her son, Keith Carey, or picked up by…

On March 15, youth and supporters across the country gathered for the Youth Climate Strike. Here’s a look at some of the Michigan marches.

Grand Rapids, Michigan.

[Update 3/12/2019: Michigan LCV applauds the bipartisan cooperation that has improved House Bills 4007–4016. We have updated this blog to reflect the bills’ recent improvements, but we continue to be disappointed by exemptions and loopholes that hold Michigan back from full government transparency.]

When it comes to government transparency, Michigan ranks dead last.

No, really. It’s true. Michigan earned an “F” grade in government transparency and public access to information. I don’t know about you, but I’d be grounded for life if I brought home those grades.

Fortunately, Michigan lawmakers pulled back the curtain to some some much-needed sunshine…

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