#Michigan
Coronavirus: A Look Behind Who’s Driving Anti-Lockdown Messaging

Coronavirus: A Look Behind Who’s Driving Anti-Lockdown Messaging

While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]

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Mass Evacuations in Michigan After Dams Collapse

After suffering record-breaking heavy rains, the Central Michigan city of Midland experienced a catastrophic 2-dam collapse along the Tittabawassee River yesterday evening. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and expressed that “In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately nine feet of water.” Whitmer also urged people […]

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Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

As cities across the United States were shutting down in response to COVID-19, rural communities often saw these measures as being overblown. In California especially, the rural/coastal divide on containment measures was a microcosm for the rest of the nation–it could also serve as a lesson for how to grapple with this issue nationwide. But […]

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Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion Made Worse by Climate Change

Along the Great Lakes–America’s “Third Coastline”–rising lake levels coupled with erratic weather patterns are causing alarming levels of erosion. Each year, people’s homes, as well as utility lines, are becoming dangerously close to the lake’s edge. Stronger riptides, dangerous crashing waves, and boats ramming objects hidden below the lake surface are all growing concerns for […]

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Biden Wins Big in “Mini Super Tuesday,” Especially in Michigan

Biden Wins Big in “Mini Super Tuesday,” Especially in Michigan

Last night former Vice President Joe Biden handily won the Michigan primary, defeating Senator Bernie Sanders and amassing 53 delegates to Sanders 35. As of writing this last night Biden also claimed Idaho, Mississippi, and Missouri while Washington State and  North Dakota had not fully reported their votes. Michigan was arguably the most important state […]

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Farm State Voters Want Candidates to Talk Conservation

Farm State Voters Want Candidates to Talk Conservation

Farm state voters in swing states like Minnesota see extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, as a significant threat to farming. According to a new poll conducted by Iowa-based RABA Research on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a majority of these voters say they would be more likely to back a 2020 […]

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Flint water crisis: what’s next?

Flint water crisis: what’s next?

“Fixing” Flint is going to have to be part of a broader strategy to provide economic relief to other cities like it. In the same way that we must help former coal towns, our nation owes the people of industrial towns a helping hand for all that they’ve given our country.

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Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Flint water crisis: what’s being done?

Yesterday we wrote about how the people responsible for the Flint water crisis have not yet been held accountable. Partially because justice has not been brought to the city, a new Democratic governor (Gretchen Whitmer) was elected last fall and just last week announced a broad commitment to environmental issues including environmental justice.

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Flint water crisis: who’s to blame?

Flint water crisis: who’s to blame?

As we wrote yesterday, what happened in Flint to cause water contamination at such a mass scale was a failure at many levels of government. However, despite this systematic failure, Flint’s residents deserve for the people who willingly (or even criminally) stood by when they knew something was wrong to be held accountable.

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Flint water crisis: background

Flint water crisis: background

The Flint Water Crisis is one of the most blatant instances of environmental injustice in recent years. It was a failure at many levels of governance, full of complexities and ongoing litigation yet to date, no lasting solution has been offered to Flint’s residents. We want to take this week to take a deeper dive […]

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Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

John D. Dingell Jr., America’s longest-serving member of Congress, WWII veteran, and a man known for his candor and humor passed away yesterday at the age of 92. The New York Times reported that Mr. Dingell had represented what is now Michigan’s 12th district, outside Detroit, since the Eisenhower administration, a 59-year run. But when he […]

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Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Michigan Governor Ushers In New Era of Environmental Protection

Newly elected Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued two executive orders and one executive directive to strengthen protections for the Great Lakes, clean up groundwater and drinking water, and fight climate change.  Governor Whitmer wasted no time “shaking up” her Cabinet in order to fulfill a campaign promise she made to shift the focus in the state back to environmental protection and developing clean energy.

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