How Green Is Your Governor?

“The health of our communities and the strength of our economy depend on the fundamentals of clean air, safe water, and nutritious food. Every Michigander deserves the opportunity to be successful, starting with their health. That means protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which we grow.” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, 2019
Throughout her campaign, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ran on a pro-conservation platform. It is now Governor Whitmer’s time to turn her promises into actions, because bold action is what will make Michigan stronger.
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As Governor Whitmer works to address Michigan’s significant water problems and threats to our Great Lakes and public lands, we will continue to hold her and her administration accountable through this tool — “How Green is Your Governor?”

Michigan LCV’s “How Green is Your Governor” tool tracks and grades all of the actions of Governor Whitmer, her administration and the statewide departments she directs as decisions are made on issues that are vital to protecting our environment, re-energizing our economy, and moving Michigan forward. Monitoring the Governor is vital to assuring the administration is held accountable for protecting clean air and water, our public health, and our natural resources.


To view report cards prior to 2019, please reference our Gubernatorial Report Cards, which compile all actions we’ve tracked and scored and provide overall grades for the Governor every two years.

The Big Picture

Review the most recent actions we've tracked and scored below.

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  • Michigan Public Service Commission Launches MI Power Grid - Weight 1
    Thursday October 17th, 2019
    On Oct. 17, 2019 Governor Whitmer joined with the Michigan Public Service Commission to announce a new MI Power Grid Initiative, designed to help Michiganders navigate the rapidly changing world of energy generation, especially as we transition from old, dirty fuel sources to new clean and renewable energy. MI Power Grid will serve as a source of credible information to educate energy consumers on the renewable energy sources available to them, as well as encourage utility companies to focus on smaller, more decentralized forms of energy production like wind and solar. The initiative has three main emphases: 
    1. Customer engagement 
    2. Integrating emerging technologies 
    3. Optimizing grid performance and investment 
    MI Power Grid will build off of Michigan's 2016 energy laws, and MLCV applauds Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission working together to increase access to affordable, clean energy and educate ratepayers about the clean energy opportunities available to them. 
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  • Governor Expands Regional Environmental Cooperation and Grows Partnerships - Weight 2
    Tuesday October 15th, 2019
    Governor Whitmer has made collaboration with other Midwest and Great Lakes Governors a priority in her approach on environmental issues.  Issues impacting Michigan’s air, land, and water don’t stop at political borders, nor should the work to address them. Below we briefly document a set of actions demonstrating this effort: -March 13, 2019 Governor Whitmer issued a joint statement with Ohio Governor DeWine, Wisconsin Governor Evers, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf, and Illinois Governor Pritzker opposing the Trump administration’s proposed 90 percent budget cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.   -April 16, 2019 Governor Whitmer joined Great Lakes Governors Tom Wolf, Tim Walz, Tony Evers, and J. B. Pritzker, opposing President Trump’s April 10, 2019 executive order on Harmful Water Quality Certifications.  The governors wrote to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler, that it is their responsibility to protect the Great Lakes and it’s watersheds within their boundaries, and states need the authority to certify, revoke, or revise federal permits of discharges into waters of the United States per Section 401 Clean Water Act.  -June 14, 2019 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, pledged their commitment to the goals of the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement and their intention to reduce phosphorus inputs to the Western Lake Erie Basin by 40 percent by 2025, with an interim goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2020. -On Oct. 15 Governor Whitmer led a bipartisan coalition of Great Lakes governors to protect America’s wildlife. Governors DeWine (R-OH), Evers (D-WI), Wolf (D-PA), Pritzker (D-IL), and Walz (D-MN), sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voicing their support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), will help conserve and recover our nation’s fish and wildlife by dedicating $1.3 billion for state-level conservation and $97.5 million to Tribal nations to recover and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations. The funds will be used to accelerate the recovery of the more than 12,000 species of greatest conservation need across the country by implementing the strategies identified in each state’s Congressionally-mandated State Wildlife Action Plan. 
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  • Joined with Other Governors Sending a Letter to Federal Armed Service Committees Urging Action on PFAS - Weight 1
    Wednesday September 18th, 2019
    On Sept.18, 2019 Governor Whitmer joined a bipartisan group of 14 state Governors to urge the United States House & Senate Armed Service Committee to take swift action on PFAS contamination. The letter highlighted several key provisions related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act and asked for those provisions to be included in the final legislation. These provisions include requiring the EPA to set an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard under the Safe Drinking Water Act, to list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and to revise the list of toxic pollutants under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to include PFAS and publish effluent and pretreatment standards.  The letter also called for an accelerated timeline for the phase out of PFAS firefighting foam, and urged the U.S. Department of Defense to work with affected states to remediate PFAS contamination as soon as possible. These requests also include access to funding for the National Guard Bureau, and authorization for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop advanced testing methods for PFAS contamination. MLCV applauds this effort to urge our Federal government to step in on this important issue.   
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  • Michigan Leads by Example on Clean Energy and Climate - Weight 1
    Thursday August 8th, 2019
    On Aug. 8, 2019 Governor Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan would start a program to lead by example on environmental sustainability in its facilities. “I have directed Departments to implement more sustainable practices in state buildings and reduce energy usage where possible,” said Whitmer. “These steps are a win-win for the environment and taxpayers. By improving our government’s environmental footprint while lowering energy costs we’re able to prove that sustainable practices can and will work across our state from rural, forested locations to downtown Detroit.”  Many state departments are involved in this initiative including the Department of Natural Resources, where a pilot program has been introduced that aims to integrate renewable energy into the day to day operations of the department, and the Department of Corrections, where efforts have been made to create our states first “green prison” at the St. Louis correctional facility in Jackson. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget has also been instructed to double down on past sustainability efforts, as well as carry out energy audits in departments with some of the largest carbon footprints in the state, like MDOT and MDHHS.  The lead by example approach continued to move forward on Sept. 17 when the Governor released Executive Directive 16.  The Directive requires all state buildings to implement a recycling program where feasible. This effort would also be overseen by the DTMB, and was put into effect immediately with the release of the executive directive. 
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  • Appointed Tremaine Phillips to the Michigan Public Service Commission - Weight 2
    Wednesday July 17th, 2019
    On July 17, 2019 Governor Whitmer doubled down on her commitment to appointing knowledgeable clean and efficient energy experts to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Phillips was the Director of the Cincinnati 2030 District – helping the city become an emerging leader in sustainability by reducing water and energy usage from buildings. Greater Cincinnati was recently recognized by Site Selection Magazine as the most sustainable metro area in the country for the second year in a row. Before his work in Cincinnati, Phillips started his career in environmental politics in Michigan, working at the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth as well as at the Michigan Environmental Council.  The three-member Michigan Public Service Commission is responsible for regulating public utilities, including electric power, telecommunications and natural gas services. With the appointment of Tremaine Phillips, as well as the recent appointment of Dan Scripps , Governor Whitmer positioned Michigan to prepare itself for the next generation of decision making at the MPSC. 
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  • Anti-Asian Carp Coalition and Great Lakes Agenda Announced - Weight 1
    Wednesday July 10th, 2019
    This summer Governor Whitmer joined international and multi-state coalitions to protect our Great Lakes from PFAS, invasive species, and to address failing infrastructure.  MI approved a resolution to increase PFAs strategy and coordination with other Midwest states; signed a memorandum of understanding on regional cooperation and enforcement around aquatic and invasive species; and on July 10, 2019, Governor Whitmer joined the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers in entering a Basin-wide coalition to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin by taking action at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River in Illinois.  On July 29, 2019, Governor Whitmer joined a coalition of Great Lakes governors from Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to announce a Great Lakes 2020 Presidential Agenda, and encouraged all presidential candidates to adopt this strategic plan which combats the critical factors that are currently threatening our water and public health.  The Great Lakes 2020 Presidential Agenda outlines six items that address the need to protect and preserve the ecology, economy, and the health of the Great Lakes and the region's inland waterways.  Those platforms include:
    • Triple the federal investment into the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds to address our region’s $179 billion backlog in water infrastructure 
    • Ramp up funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to $475 million per year
    • Commit federal funding and resources to helping states in meeting their goals of reducing nutrient pollution in the Western Lake Erie basin by 40 percent by 2025
    • Push for increased federal action of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense to address PFAS contamination.
     
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  • DNR Directed to Review Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Easement; Added Protections Against Anchor Strikes - Weight 1
    Thursday June 27th, 2019
    On June 27, 2019 Governor Whitmer directed Michigan’s DNR to complete a thorough examination of Enbridge’s compliance with the 1953 easement that allows them to operate in the Straits. We appreciate the objectives and intent behind this action, but so far have no new information indicating that Governor Whitmer is closer to taking legal action to shut down Line 5.  We support a robust easement review, and are eager to learn its conclusions. Regardless, Line 5 ‘spills every day’ when the fossil fuels passing through it are finally combusted. In addition to the air and water pollution this combustion generates, overwhelming scientific consensus unequivocally demands that we move away from fossil fuels in the very near term to mitigate the most devastating impacts from climate change that Michiganders are already beginning to experience every day.  Moving the line through a tunnel will unnecessarily lock Michigan into another generation of fossil fuels burdening the economy with a massively expensive stranded asset.   On May 15 the governor called on the Coast Guard and ordered the DNR to prepare and file an emergency rule to require large vessels to verify no anchors are dragging prior to passing through the Straits
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  • Lead and Copper Rule Public Awareness Campaign; Increased Funding - Weight 2
    Wednesday June 26th, 2019
    On June 26, 2019 Governor Whitmer announced a public awareness campaign to educate Michanders on lead in their drinking water and the new approach to be implemented by the state under the state’s recently strengthened Lead and Copper Rule. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will institute new water sampling rules and simultaneously increase communication to Michigan residents about how and why these testing changes are occurring to their drinking water. On June 24 $3 million in new funding was appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the new initiative including $832,000 for public education, $484,000 for drinking water investigations in homes, and $1.7 million for water filters. 
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  • Executive Directive to Reduce Phosphorus in Lake Erie - Weight 1
    Thursday June 20th, 2019
    On June 20, 2019 Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Directive guiding the state in implementation of the additional steps necessary to meet the Michigan Direct Action Plan (DAP) goals of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie 40% by 2025. Adopted in February of 2018, the MI DAP includes two objectives to improve the health of Lake Erie: 1) fulfilling commitments under the Western Lake Erie Basin Collaborative Agreement and 2) meeting the targeted phosphorus reductions and nutrient-related ecosystem goals for Lake Erie under Annex 4 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Governor Whitmer’s Executive Directive confirms those objectives and recommends new interim goals. The DAP’s goals include reducing total annual and spring phosphorus loads in the Detroit River, River Raisin and Maumee River, and calls for an annual report to the Governor’s office from MDARD, EGLE and the MDNR on their progress. The directive serves as a public statement that the Whitmer Administration intends to get serious about reducing nutrient runoff.  The proof will be in the implementation and future actions.  
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  • UP Energy Task Force Established; Statewide Energy Assessment Completed - Weight 1
    Friday June 7th, 2019
    On June 7, 2019, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 14 creating the new UP Energy Task Force.  The group was assembled to address issues of energy access and affordability for Michiganders living in the Upper Peninsula, and to mitigate risk in the eventuality of an energy supply disruption if Line 5 is shutdown.  The task force was created as an advisory body within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and includes 13 voting members appointed by the Governor. It will examine and presents solutions to an assortment of UP energy issues including high rates, energy efficiency, and lack of supply diversity. It also assess and catalogues current UP energy needs, formulates alternative energy provisioning systems, and explores new energy delivery methods tailored to the UP. On September 11, 2019 The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) released its final Statewide Energy Assessment called for by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  The report identified near and long term steps the Commission and its staff will lead to ensure that Michigan’s systems for supplying and distributing energy to homes and businesses become more resilient and able to withstand weather extremes, aging infrastructure and other challenges ahead. The final report makes 37 recommendations and 15 observations to improve the state’s energy systems including improvement of Michigan’s demand response capability, energy efficiency programming, and the development of a formal contingency plan for continued supply and delivery of propane in the event of disruptions, including the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
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  • Farmland Preservation Program opened to solar energy - Weight 1
    Monday June 3rd, 2019
    Governor Whitmer and MDARD Director Gary McDowell rolled out a decision on June 3 to allow open land protected under the MDARD’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program to be utilized for commercial solar energy arrays. Designed to conserve farmland and open space, the program provides tax incentives to landowners who commit to leaving their land undeveloped for non-agricultural purposes. Solar arrays represent a unique opportunity for this space because their footprint allows for pollinator habitat and cover crops to be grown underneath the panels, while allowing for 100% removal and remediation following the end of the productive life of the installation. This decision amends the Farmland Development Rights program to allow solar while deferring tax credits until the solar array reaches the end of its lifespan, provided the land is returned to agricultural use. Almost 3.4 million acres of Michigan farm land are enrolled in this program. The change will make it easier to deploy new solar projects even as developers are facing increasing local siting challenges. 
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  • Office of Outdoor Recreation Created within DNR; MI joins U.S. Confluence of States - Weight 1
    Wednesday May 1st, 2019
    On May 1, 2019, Governor Whitmer and MDNR Director Dan Eichinger announced the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. The new office, working closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will oversee an expansion of Michigan’s outdoor recreation economy. The department will highlight Michigan’s tourism driven businesses, work with industry partners to stay on top of new trends in outdoor recreation, promote Michigan’s outdoor tourism industry, and grow the constituency necessary to ensure our environment is protected.  Outdoor recreation generates some $26.6 billion a year in consumer spending; 232,000 direct jobs, $7.5 billion in wages and salaries, and $2.1 billion in state and local tax revenue.  On September 11, Gov. Whitmer named former Michigan Environmental Council staffer Brad Garmon to director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, and in October, Michigan joined joined the Confluence of States on Outdoor Recreation - a growing national effort to build public awareness about the economic, social and public health benefits of outdoor play.  The Confluence provides a unified voice for the businesses and organizations that make up the industry, and joining the group enables Michigan to help drive the national discussion on outdoor recreation.
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  • Pro-Conservation Appointments & Designations to the Great Lakes Commission - Weight 1
    Thursday March 28th, 2019
    On March 28, Governor Whitmer announced her appointees to represent Michigan at the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate agency started in 1955 to encourage environmental  cooperation, economic development and the thoughtful stewardship of our shared Great Lakes. Governor Whitmer’s appointees include two main delegates and two alternates, and all four come to the role with a focus and history of conservation. Governor Whitmer’s two main appointees are Marc Smith and James Clift, while her alternate designees are Kara Cook and Jennifer McKay. Marc Smith is the current director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Foundation of Michigan, and James Clift is the senior Great Lakes advisor at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Governor Whitmer’s alternate appointees are equally committed to our environment, with Jennifer McKay serving as the policy director for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Kara Cook serving as Governor Whitmer’s environmental policy advisor, and is a former Michigan LCV staffer. Governor Whitmer’s appointees represent her strong commitment to protecting our Great Lakes and will be excellent representatives of our state to the Great Lakes Commission.
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  • Directed EGLE to Establish Drinking Water Standards for PFAS - Weight 2
    Tuesday March 26th, 2019
    On Tuesday, March 26 Governor Whitmer asked MPART (Michigan PFAS Action Response Team) to create a Science Advisory Workgroup (SAW) tasked with reviewing existing and proposed Maximum Contaminant Level standards for PFAS in drinking water. After a scientific review, SAW proposed the regulation of 7 PFAS chemicals. After an initial round of informal stakeholder engagement, EGLE formally submitted draft rules to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR) on October 1, 2019.  Currently the EPA Health Safety Advisory for PFAS is 70 parts per trillion, but the federal advisory is not enforceable and science has demonstrated that the threshold necessary to protect human health and safety is lower. The state level action is particularly important as the EPA has shown few signs that they will take action any time soon in updating national PFAS drinking water standards.
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  • Prioritizing Clean Drinking Water in Executive Budget Proposal - Weight 3
    Tuesday March 5th, 2019
    The governor's 2020 budget called for $120 million for safe, clean drinking water. The $120 million included:
    • $37.5 million for Lead and Copper Rule Implementation to make grants for lead service line replacements in vulnerable communities, technical help, and supporting local community education efforts. 
    • $30 million allocated to funding for cleanup activities, technology development, cleanup solutions, and research and health studies to inform water standards. 
    • $40 million for Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) Loan Forgiveness to resolve issues with communities with drinking water challenges having outstanding DWRF loans that often prevent needed infrastructure improvements.  
    Additionally, in the governor’s School Aid Budget, $61.5 million in one-time school aid funding was proposed for new hydration stations in Michigan schools.  The initiative would direct EGLE to create a program that would dedicate at least 1 hydration station per every 100 pupils per school building for clean, filtered drinking water. In 2016 Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Task Force documented Michigan’s annual water infrastructure needs to be more than $800 million annually.  The Governor’s one-time, $180 million dollar proposal does not fill this funding gap or solve our drinking water issues, but it is a meaningful start. The proposal targets key drinking water priorities and gives lawmakers, stakeholders, and advocates more time to find a comprehensive, sustainable solution.    
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  • Dan Scripps Appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission - Weight 2
    Friday February 8th, 2019
    On February 8, 2019, Governor Whitmer appointed former State Representative Dan Scripps to the Michigan Public Service Commision, the Michigan agency responsible for regulating public utilities, like Consumers and DTE Energy. Scripps has a history of promoting clean energy. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Michigan, Scripps went to work for Latham & Watkins LLP, a Washington, D.C. based law firm with a focus on clean energy regulation and climate change mitigation. Scripps went on to serve as a representative in Michigan’s 104th state house district (Leelenau, Benzie, Manistee) where he supported clean energy and conservation policies. Scripps also served as President of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council from 2012-2017, a trade association for clean energy businesses, and most recently as the Midwest Policy Program Director for the Energy Foundation. Scripps comes to the appointment with a wealth of knowledge on our energy industry and is well suited to equitably evaluate clean and efficient energy policies on behalf of Michiganders and ratepayers.      
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  • Revamping the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); Creating the Office of Climate and Energy, and the Offices of the Environmental Justice and Clean Water Public Advocates (Executive Order 2, Executive Order 6) - Weight 2
    Monday February 4th, 2019
    On February 4, 2019 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2 to restructure and re-focus the Department of Environmental Quality. The change signals a much needed culture shift in the tone and approach the new department will take.  The move is intended to improve staff morale, increase Department accountability and transparency, and focus the organization around protecting human health and the environment. In addition to the Department’s amended structure, Governor Whitmer directed the department to create new offices, processes, duties, and responsibilities including the Offices of the Clean Water Public Advocate, Climate & Energy, and Environmental Justice Public Advocate. Governor Whitmer appointed Regina Strong, formerly of the Sierra Club, to the office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate, and recently appointed Ninah Sasy to the office of Clean Water Public Advocate.  The Order also created a staff reporting system built into the bureaucracy to ensure that critical public health issues could not be neglected going forward. Executive Order 2 eliminated the three controversial “Fox in the Henhouse” Oversight committees that ceded rule and permit decision making power of the DEQ to Committees of Snyder Appointees - many from the very industries and entities they were responsible for regulating.  However, the legislature rejected this Executive Order forcing it to be reissued with two of the three panels still intact in Executive Order 6.
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  • Pro-Environment Appointments to MDEQ, MDNR & MDARD Directorships - Weight 1
    Tuesday January 15th, 2019
    Governor Whitmer announced her appointments for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). To head the DEQ Governor Whitmer appointed Liesl Eichler Clark, co-founder and former partner of 5 Lakes Energy, a clean energy policy firm. Clark also previously served as the President of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, and comes to the appointment with a strong clean energy background. To lead the MDNR Governor Whitmer tapped former Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Daniel Eichinger, who also served as former Lieutenant Governor John Cherry’s policy advisor during the Granholm administration. Eichinger worked previously at MDNR, serving as legislative liaison and assistant to the chief of the wildlife division. Finally, Whitmer named Gary McDowell to head MDARD. McDowell is a farmer and a lifelong resident of Rudyard MI, where he represented District 107 in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years and served as the vice chair of the Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee.   The three appointments represent a notable change in Governor Whitmer’s approach to these departments. In contrast to the business-centered focus of past Snyder appointees, Governor Whitmer is signaling her commitment to environmental protection by choosing leaders with knowledge and a record of conservation. With Ms. Clark’s history as a clean energy advocate, Mr. Eichinger’s long standing professional conservation focus, and Mr. McDowell’s pro-environment record in the State House, these three appointees represent a notable turn towards protecting our air, land and water.
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  • Requested Legal Review for Lame Duck Line 5 Tunnel Legislation - Weight 3
    Wednesday January 2nd, 2019
    As one of her first actions in office, Governor Whitmer asked Attorney General (AG) Dana Nessel  to conduct a legal review of whether the legislative approval of a proposed new Enbridge tunnel around Line 5 is in compliance with state law. The legislation in question (Public Act 359) was rushed through the legislature during an aggressively anti-environmental lame duck period.  It created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority endowed with the authority to approve and oversee the implementation of a tunnel to eventually house and replace the existing pipeline. The newly created authority immediately gave its approval on Dec. 19, 2018 to the tunnel proposal agreement struck with Enbridge by Governor Snyder in an effort to tie the hands of the incoming Governor and Attorney General.  Governor Whitmer’s request to AG Nessel asked important legal questions including: Does the new law violate Michigan’s Constitution? Has the Corridor Authority acted with more power than specifically enacted in PA 359? And more.   On Friday, March 29, 2019 Governor Whitmer halted state of Michigan departmental activity related to construction of the Enbridge Line 5 tunnel. This move was in response to AG Nessel’s official opinion dubbing the newly created Mackinac Corridor Authority unconstitutional and thereby retroactively unable to approve any new construction under the straits of Mackinac. Enbridge is still able to apply for a regular permit for building through Michigan’s standard permitting process, but they have yet to announce any such plans. While Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to halt all construction on the proposed tunnel does not apply to the Line 5 pipeline itself, this is a significant step in the right direction. The 66 year old Line 5 is years beyond it’s engineered lifetime and represents an existential threat to the Straits as well as Lake’s Michigan and Huron. It also transports oil and gas that damages the land where it is exploited and pollutes the air and water when combusted, contributing to climate change.
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  • Governor Doesn’t Join AG Lawsuit against Enbridge - Weight 2
    Thursday June 27th, 2019
    After weeks of talks between Enbridge and Governor Whitmer to reach a conclusion on the proposed tunnel project through the straits of Mackinac, Enbridge ended negotiations by walking away from the table and filing suit against the State of Michigan. In response, on June 27, 2019 Attorney General Nessel used her independent authority to file suit against Enbridge. Michigan LCV supported that decision and joined a coalition of environmental groups asking the Governor to join the lawsuit. Despite urging from the environmental community and others who supported Governor Whitmer on her campaign, Whitmer has not yet joined AG Nessel in her lawsuit. The Governor joining the suit would decidedly strengthen the AG’s lawsuit, and we are disappointed in her office for not yet taking this important step to fulfill her campaign promises and protect one of Michigan’s most valuable resources.
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