Killed the Office of Climate?

UPDATE 7:00 PM THURSDAY: The Senate Oversight Committee debated rescinding the executive orders but took no vote Thursday. Hearings will continue next week - KEEP UP THE PRESSURE by calling the Senators listed below!

UPDATE 5:15 PM WEDNESDAY: The House voted along party lines to overturn the executive orders. It could be voted on in the Senate as early as this Thursday.

We urgently need your help calling lawmakers TODAY to protect new critical action on climate change in Michigan. A Senate vote could happen early the week of Feb. 11. This has already passed in the House.

On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued executive orders to reorganize the MDEQ into a new Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and create a new Office of Climate and Energy. 

The executive orders are strong. They also eliminate the environmental rules review and permit oversight committees that were created by the legislature last year in the "Fox Guarding the Hen House" legislation, panels dominated by industry representatives. And they create Environmental Justice and Clean Water Advocate positions within the Department. 

Voters overwhelmingly chose to support a new pro-climate and environment approach by electing Gov. Whitmer. Some in the legislature now want to claw back these positive changes and overturn the executive orders. They can do this with a simple majority vote, but we have a chance to get the Senate to prevent this from happening.

Call These Legislators To Prevent This Rollback

Sen. Wayne Schmidt  517-373-2413
Sen. John Bumstead  517-373-1635
Sen. Ruth Johnson  517-373-1636
Sen. Roger Victory  517-373-6920
Sen. Curt VanderWall  517-373-1725
Sen. Dale Zorn  517-373-3543

Please also call your Senator, too: Find their number (the Upper Chamber) here.

When you've made the call, report your call here!


State your name and where you are calling from. Mention one or more of these and why it's important to you.

  • Please support the new executive orders and vote no on any resolution to overturn them.
  • The Office of Climate and Energy created by these executive orders is an important step to address the threat of climate change.
  • We need a concentrated effort to mitigate PFAS and clean up drinking water, and these new executive orders strengthen Michigan's ability to do this.

Thank you.

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  • Judi Markos
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 18:47:55 -0500
    I just left a message for Ruth Johnson
  • Martha Putnam
    endorsed 2019-02-07 18:25:16 -0500
    I called and left a message for Curt Vanderwall
  • Jane Packard
    endorsed 2019-02-07 17:40:03 -0500
  • Amy Pomposelli
    endorsed 2019-02-07 17:24:51 -0500
    I have called and left messages for all of the above mentioned senators and as well as Mallory McMorrow (District 13)
  • William Gittlen
    endorsed 2019-02-07 16:31:41 -0500
    I spoke with Sen Schmidt’s aide, Chris, who reported that Wayne Schmidt’s problem with the EO is that restructuring the DEQ EO also includes a rollback of the “Fox versus the Henhouse” legislation. Craig reported that this rollback involves a usurpation of power by the Governor. He says many of the Senators feel this way. He said they would vote no on to to block the EO if the Governor would delete this portion and instead reset up the new department as she has but not include legislation that has already passed and try to further discuss and adjust that legislation separately.
  • David Watt
    endorsed 2019-02-07 16:15:24 -0500
    Message left for Sen. Vander Wall
  • Michael Butkiewicz
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:30:44 -0500
    The 6 senators were called urging them not to overturn the executive ordrs.
  • Tiffany Stewart
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:23:14 -0500
  • Chris Convissor
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 15:11:49 -0500
    I made the call
  • Parsons
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 15:06:57 -0500
    Called Vanderwall: Spoke with yg man who took msg and said he would pass it along.
  • Nancy Shiffler
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:06:48 -0500
  • Charlie Millard
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:03:17 -0500
    Clean Water Campaign!!
  • Heather DeLadurantaye
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:01:28 -0500
  • Kathryn Clouse
    endorsed 2019-02-07 15:00:35 -0500
  • Mary Van Valin
    endorsed 2019-02-07 14:09:00 -0500
  • Lief Doezema
    endorsed 2019-02-07 13:55:46 -0500
  • Madeleine Appel
    endorsed 2019-02-07 13:22:24 -0500
    Made the call to Wayne Schmidt. Aid talked about his support of the office but opposition to precedent to use executive order to eliminate other boards (when pressed, those were industry representative boards)
  • Catherine Beal
    endorsed 2019-02-07 12:59:08 -0500
  • Eva Carrio
    endorsed 2019-02-07 12:54:24 -0500
    I am most concerned about protecting our Great Lakes, thus our drinking water. Only 2 of the senators had associates to speak with, all others I could only leave a message .
  • Rick Brandi
    endorsed 2019-02-07 11:37:52 -0500
    Thanks for the reminder! I mentioned PFAS, Line 5 and the fact that Charlevoix gets its drinking water from Lake Michigan
  • David Camps
    endorsed 2019-02-07 11:33:31 -0500
    Called Ed McBroom. Asked him to support the Climate and Energy
  • Mary Andersson
    endorsed 2019-02-07 11:10:32 -0500
    I called my Rep and the 6 Senators listed. Steven in Senator Victory’s office even spent some time discussing what their main concerns were.
  • Jane Lean
    endorsed 2019-02-07 11:04:07 -0500
    Vanderwall’s phone went right to voicemail, where I left a message, including congratulating him on his recent election to the senate.
  • Georgia Donovan
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 10:44:06 -0500
    Made 5 calls.
  • Whitney Roberts
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:33:40 -0500
  • Suzannah Lane-Tobin
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:33:38 -0500
    I called Senator Schmidt’s office and asked him to support the Governor’s orders.
  • Sally Wagoner
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:31:31 -0500
    I emailed Bumstead and VanSingel yesterday.
  • Katherine Heins
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:20:13 -0500
    I called Senator Vanderwall and talked to his aide. He said the sticking point was that the governor wanted to abolish advisory committee to the DEQ that were created under Snyder. I told him those committees were headed by industry reps who weren’t looking out for Michigan citizens and he said their advice was non binding. He said that the senator wouldn’t oppose the new office on climate change. He did say he’d pass on my message but I don’t think I made much difference.
  • Nancy Giles
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:18:22 -0500
    According to the assistant, the senator objects to the power of the executive to change legislature actions (unless they are in the catbird seat!!!)
  • Steve Kolk
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:17:32 -0500
    I called all six senators you named about and asked the staff person I spoke to to support the new executive order and the Office of Climate and Energy. I also made a seventh call to my Senator, Senator Theis, about the same two issues


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