How Green Is Your Governor?

“We have always defied the odds. And we are going to do it again, together. We are going to prove that our shared future is more powerful than the issues that divide us.” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Inaugural Address, January 1, 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.

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

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  • Enbridge Line 5 - Request to the Attorney General for Legal Review & Department Cease Activity Directive
    Wednesday January 2nd, 2019
    As one of her first acts in office, Governor Whitmer asked Attorney General Dana Nessel to conduct a legal review of whether the lame duck legislative approval of a proposed new Enbridge Line 5 tunnel 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 and endowed it with the authority to approve and oversee the implementation of a tunnel to replace the existing pipeline.  On Dec. 19, 2018 with little deliberation the newly created Authority immediately gave its approval for the tunnel. Governor Whitmer’s request to Attorney General Nessel asked important legal questions including: Was the new law written and enacted correctly, or did it violate of the Michigan’s Constitution? Has the Corridor Authority acted with more power than specifically enacted in PA 359?  Attorney General Nessel then offered her official opinion dubbing the statute unconstitutional along with the newly created Mackinac Corridor Authority therein.  On Friday, March 29th 2019 with the Attorney General's opinion rendered, Governor Whitmer halted all State of Michigan department activity related to the construction of the Enbridge Line 5 tunnel. 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 new requests. 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 positive step in that direction.  The 65+ year old Line 5 is years beyond its engineered lifetime and represents an existential threat to the straits and Lakes Michigan and Huron. It also transports oil and gas that environmentally damages the land where it is exploited, the air and water after it is combusted, and contributes climate-harming carbon to the atmosphere.
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