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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  • Sally Kane
    endorsed 2019-02-06 14:51:21 -0500
  • Chris Barsy-Eckman
    endorsed 2019-02-06 14:51:16 -0500
    I called Rep. Afendoulis office and left a message requesting she support the EO and vote NO on any resolutions to overturn.
  • John McGarry
    endorsed 2019-02-06 14:48:05 -0500
    I already called Reps. Afendoulis and Albert. Should I call other Reps that are not my Rep?
  • Lys Blakeslee
    endorsed 2019-02-06 14:11:24 -0500
    I called Rep. Lynn Afendoulis since I am in her district, and asked that she support these executive orders and other measures that protect and preserve our environment.
  • Tom Porter
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:59:20 -0500
    Just called Reps Allor and Inman to urge support for WHitmer’s Exec. Orders.
  • Becky Mumy
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:51:17 -0500
  • Ronald Bush
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:42:13 -0500
  • Richard Barron
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:31:44 -0500
  • Jeff Towner
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:15:01 -0500
    I called Senator McBroom and Rep. Cambensy and urged them both to vote no on EO #2 and other recent EOs on the environment signed by Governor Whitmer.
  • Donna Augenstein
    endorsed 2019-02-06 13:06:21 -0500
    I spoke to someone in Bill Sowerby’s office. I told her that I support the Governor’s executive order and ask that he do the same.
  • deb hansen
    endorsed 2019-02-06 12:42:55 -0500
    left msg with sue allor’s office
  • Lori Mulvey
    endorsed 2019-02-06 12:17:53 -0500
    I called Huizenga’s office-looking at legality of executive orders more than content. No better plan offered. They will contact MDEQ regarding our PFAS contaminated well that WWW will not give us a whole house filtration system. Supports WWW paying for cleanup.
  • Patrick Race
    endorsed 2019-02-06 12:13:15 -0500
  • Kate Madigan
    endorsed 2019-02-06 11:58:44 -0500
    I called Rep Inman’s office
  • Mindy Miner
    endorsed 2019-02-06 11:31:06 -0500
    I called Rep. Huizenga’s office (not Senator as stated above). His staffer said they were looking at the legality of the executive orders more than the content. I told him that many Michiganders, especially environmentalists, felt under attack after the lame duck session. He also said there is discussion about getting rid of lame duck sessions. That was the only thing we really agreed on!
  • James Gromak
    endorsed 2019-02-06 11:29:51 -0500
  • Regina Strong
    endorsed 2019-02-06 11:26:14 -0500
    Called my representative Ryan Berman
  • Gloria Rivera IHM
    endorsed 2019-02-06 11:11:21 -0500


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