Gov. Whitmer signed orders to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan to protect Michiganders' public health and the environment. The plan will help develop new clean energy jobs by putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050.
Your Chance to Provide Input
The Office of Climate and Energy is asking members of the public for their insights about the climate plan and how Michigan can move toward carbon neutrality by 2050. Two online public listening sessions have been scheduled, one on Earth Day, April 22, and the second on May 5.
If you wish to speak, send an email to [email protected] with "Public Comment Request" and the date you wish to speak, and your name in the subject. Or you can register when the meeting begins.
We are developing suggested talking points and will email them to you before the meeting.
RSVP now to receive the Zoom registration link and more meeting details.WHENApril 22, 2021 at 10:30amWHEREOnline
Ann Arbor's Office of Sustainability and Innovations wants you to know more about how to save energy, money, and help the climate.
Find out how air-source and ground-source heat pumps work, and the recent technology impacts of switching from gas furnaces to heat pumps. Transitioning to heat pumps, which use electricity and are efficient, is a step to moving away from fracked gas. Getting off fossil fuel is important, and moving to electric heat and cooling means renewables could heat and cool your home.
RSVP now to get the Zoom registration link by email.WHENMay 12, 2021 at 7pmWHEREOnline via Zoom
Bill Latka endorsed 2021-03-26 14:47:03 -0400
Within weeks, the Michigan Public Service Commissioners (MPSC) will decide whether or not to consider the impacts of climate change in their review of Enbridge's proposed Line 5 oil tunnel. MPSC staff is encouraging them to exclude all evidence about climate impacts, even though this project would carry billions of gallons of oil for up to 99 years. It is unconscionable that this could be the case in the time of our climate emergency.
Please join the many organizations that have already signed on to the letter that will be sent to the MPSC as public comment in this case. The paragraph below summarizes the full letter that we'll send with your name.
This is a really important decision, and your support will make a difference.
Bill Latka published Episode 16 - Jim MacInnes in Speaking of Resilience Podcast 2021-03-20 15:38:02 -0400
Jim MacInnes, CEO of Crystal Mountain Resort, in Benzie County, Michigan.Read more
Groundwork's Michigan Clean Energy Conference and MiCAN's Michigan Climate Action summit are joining forces this year for a powerful event that will bring together Biden Administration and Whitmer Administrative officials, community leaders, activists, policymakers, advocates, and businesses from across Michigan to move forward equitable and ambitious climate and energy solutions.
Announcing the inaugural Michigan Climate Awards. We're asking for you to nominate a dedicated professional, activist, or young person doing the hard work of moving Michigan toward a just and sustainable future. Find out more about the award that will be given out at the Summit.
Visit the Event Website for the Summit Schedule, speaker announcements, and more information. Early bird tickets now on sale through April 30.WHENMay 24, 2021 at 9am - May 27, 2021 at 6pmWHEREOnline
Bill Latka published Episode 15 - Douglas Jester in Speaking of Resilience Podcast 2021-03-04 12:41:59 -0500
Douglas Jester is a partner at 5 Lakes Energy, specializing in utility regulation and energy and water policy, research, and modeling.Read more
Bill Latka published Climate Change Solutions 2021 with Peter Sinclair Webinar in Videos 2021-02-27 12:58:09 -0500
Watch Peter Sinclair's Climate Change Solutions 2021 webinar held on February 26, 2021.Read more
Bill Latka published Line 5 pipeline shutdown adds urgency to Michigan’s propane heating debate in News 2021-02-12 10:10:58 -0500
Shutting down the pipeline would cut off the Upper Peninsula from its supply of cheap propane, but clean energy advocates say there are better alternatives for heating.Read more
Bill Latka published Thanks to Gov. Whitmer for Taking Climate Action in Videos 2021-02-09 12:48:29 -0500
We had 650 MiCAN supporters sign a thank you card to Governor Whitmer for taking bold action on climate. Here's the artwork we sent her.Read more
Bill Latka published Michigan group helping to keep justice on the state’s environmental agenda in News 2021-01-29 18:58:56 -0500
Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice members say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is listening to it on issues from pipelines to the pandemic.Read more
Bill Latka published EGLE’s Decision to Grant Enbridge Oil Tunnel Permits Out of Touch with Climate Crisis in News 2021-01-29 12:58:18 -0500
Today, Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved a permit Enbridge was seeking to build an oil pipeline tunnel to replace Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.Read more
Bill Latka published Detroit affordable housing project will give renters benefits of solar ownership in News 2021-01-22 22:39:31 -0500
The unique model would put utility bill savings from solar installation into a fund to help residents cover expenses such as medical bills or college tuition.Read more
Bill Latka published Commentary: Distributed energy plays a critical role in Michigan’s carbon-neutral goal in News 2020-12-22 12:52:42 -0500
A new presidential administration in 2021 will change the policy landscape for states that are working toward realizing ambitious carbon neutrality goals.Read more
Bill Latka published Commission Orders Judge to Reconsider Exclusion of Climate Change in Enbridge Line 5 Case in Light of Gov. Whitmer’s Line 5 Shutdown Order in News 2020-12-09 16:43:45 -0500
Commission Orders Judge to Reconsider Exclusion of Climate Change in Enbridge Line 5 Case in Light of Gov. Whitmer’s Line 5 Shutdown Order
Reacting to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, the Michigan Public Service Commission today ordered that Administrative Law Judge Dennis Mack re-hear arguments about the scope of environmental impacts that can be considered in the siting permit review of the related oil pipeline tunnel Enbridge proposes building beneath the Mackinac Straits.Read more
The House Energy Committee will be voting on it this month, and many legislators on both sides of the aisle are still undecided on this bill.
This is a critical time to voice your support
If we don’t lift this cap, it will be extremely hard to achieve the rapid growth in solar that we need to meet our carbon neutrality goals that Governor Whitmer set this year. It also will shut out individuals and small businesses from the benefits of owning their own solar, and make it so that solar benefits will only go to the large utilities like DTE and Consumers. It will further harm the solar industry, which was growing rapidly before the COVID pandemic.
Please take one minute to send this email urging your lawmakers to support HB 4236 to lift the arbitrary 1% cap on solar, and allow a more rapid and equitable transition to clean energy - and the climate and health benefits it will bring.
Your email will also CC Gov. Whitmer, and party leaders about this bill, Rep. Lasinski, and Speaker Wentworth.
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Bill Latka published Michigan task force makeup suggests the future of transportation is still cars in News 2020-11-19 11:43:34 -0500
Environmental and public transit advocates are dismayed by their exclusion from a new council charged with shaping a vision for “future mobility” in the state.Read more
Bill Latka endorsed 2021-02-05 15:40:07 -0500
Governor Whitmer, along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Attorney General Dana Nessel, have revoked the easement that allowed Enbridge to operate Line 5 in the Great Lakes. This is historic. If ultimately successful, this would be the first time an operating pipeline has ever been shut down.
It is rare that a politician has the guts to stand up to the most powerful industry on the planet. Please join us in thanking Governor Gretchen Whitmer for taking a politically risky stance on behalf of all Michiganders, and for doing what must be done to protect future generations.
We'll send your name and comments as a thank you card.Endorse