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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  • Alison Heins
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:10:02 -0500
  • Kelly Lively
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:10:00 -0500
    Made the call to vanderwall
  • Tom Bousamra
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:05:37 -0500
  • Ron Kardos
    endorsed 2019-02-07 10:04:21 -0500
    Spoke to 5 staff people and left one message.
  • Judy Insley
    endorsed 2019-02-07 09:58:06 -0500
    I called them all.
  • Randall Braaksma
    endorsed 2019-02-07 09:39:10 -0500
    Called all the senators. Aides were polite and said they’d pass my message along. I also told this story: “Two weeks ago I visited my son and his family in Florida. I was so impressed by the weather I looked into moving there. But I quickly found out about the looming problems there with the drinking water supply. It made me realize again what a tremendous resource we have in Michigan and how we have to do everything possible to protect it.” The aides politely listened.
  • Adriana Sybenga
    endorsed 2019-02-07 09:35:19 -0500
    Called all of them.
  • Shannon Donley
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 09:27:42 -0500
  • Randall Braaksma
    endorsed 2019-02-07 09:27:31 -0500
  • Elizabeth Dell
    endorsed 2019-02-07 09:18:35 -0500
  • Rebecca Reynolds
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 09:11:28 -0500
    Someone said he took my message and would pass it along to Rep. O’Malley, although it seemed as if he took no time at all to write down who I was or what I said.
  • Sam Getsinger
    endorsed 2019-02-07 08:57:46 -0500
    Had a long conversation with Sen Bumstead’s staff (Adam). He claims that the Senator had a sit down with Gov Whitmer yesterday and that she refused to compromise with them. Adam then said it then leaves them no way to move forward so Bumstead will be voting no. Everyone else it was just a message left on their answering machine.
  • Graham Mitchell
    endorsed via 2019-02-07 08:57:29 -0500
  • Pierce Getsinger
    endorsed 2019-02-07 08:53:07 -0500
  • Carol Newth
    endorsed 2019-02-07 08:23:10 -0500
    Called, no answer left message with the ask, THEN EMAILED BUMSTEAD. YESTERDAY. CALLED AGAIN TODAY.
  • Paul Krauss
    endorsed 2019-02-06 23:33:56 -0500
  • Steven Holl
    endorsed 2019-02-06 19:24:19 -0500
  • Lynnae Branham
    endorsed 2019-02-06 18:39:14 -0500
    Jack Bergman is my representative so it’ll be interesting to see what way he votes but I tried!!!
  • Hannah Thomas
    endorsed 2019-02-06 17:14:54 -0500
  • Lindsey Walker
    endorsed 2019-02-06 17:08:27 -0500
  • Henry Bailey
    endorsed 2019-02-06 17:06:29 -0500
    Henry Bailey: I was 3/4 through calling the list when the last one informed me it just passed. 58 ya”s, 51 nay’s. So be it! Plod onward.
  • Katharine Miller
    endorsed 2019-02-06 16:44:47 -0500
    I caked Julie Calley, Sue Allor (left a message) and Lynn Afendoulis – their secretaries (?) were courteous and said they would let the person know that I called.
  • Abby Reeg
    endorsed 2019-02-06 16:04:02 -0500
    Emailed Jim Lilly and asked him to vote NO.
  • Susan Wheadon
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:57:06 -0500
  • Nancy Potter
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:43:22 -0500
  • Jim Lax
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:42:50 -0500
    I called Mark Huizenga’s office and expressed my support of the Governor’s executive orders.
  • Ivana Marchlewicz
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:22:51 -0500
    I was the first person to call rep Wozniak and his secretary was very receptive towards the message.
  • Ashley Soltysiak
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:21:53 -0500
    Called Rep. Inman’s office to oppose this change.
  • Elsie Dakota
    endorsed 2019-02-06 15:11:16 -0500
  • Steve Jarvis
    endorsed 2019-02-06 14:54:01 -0500


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