Tag: Environment

BREAKING: McCoig Materials withdraws request for permit to build intrusive, harmful gravel mine in Lyndon Township

BREAKING: McCoig Materials withdraws request for permit to build intrusive, harmful gravel mine in Lyndon Township

Back in March, I wrote about an effort by McCoig Materials to create a gravel mine just north of Chelsea, Michigan in Lyndon Township. Here’s what I wrote then: As you look at the photo of downtown Chelsea above, imagine 80 gravel trucks a day, 6 days a week rumbling through the middle of it and then back again after […]

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We need EPA pollution standards — candidates shouldn’t be afraid to say so too

We need EPA pollution standards — candidates shouldn’t be afraid to say so too

Just like with Obamacare, the key is playing offense The Environmental Protection Agency is going to release rules next week limiting the amount of carbon dioxide pollution that can be released from power plants. Amidst a lot of worry about the impact this will have on Democrats in an off-year election, apparently the optimistic take on this among Washington Democratic […]

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As ALEC ramps up its opposition to EPA regulations through state Attorneys General, Bill Schuette is their poster child

As ALEC ramps up its opposition to EPA regulations through state Attorneys General, Bill Schuette is their poster child

Corporatism is alive and well in state governments across the USA The Guardian newspaper has a blockbuster piece out today that shows how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has turned to working through state Attorneys General to stop any efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative […]

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Another day, another loss in court for Michigan’s largest tax-waster, Attorney General Bill Schuette

Another day, another loss in court for Michigan’s largest tax-waster, Attorney General Bill Schuette

Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking regarding pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The ruling allows the EPA to put tighter controls on the plants to prevent pollution in one state from having negative impacts on the health and safety of residents of another state. Michigan Attorney General was one of […]

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Chelsea/Lyndon Township residents fight intrusive gravel mine with both hands tied behind their backs

Chelsea/Lyndon Township residents fight intrusive gravel mine with both hands tied behind their backs

Historic downtown Chelsea As you look at the photo of downtown Chelsea above, imagine 80 gravel trucks a day, 6 days a week rumbling through the middle of it and then back again after they dumped their load. That’s one truck every 4 minutes during daylight hours and that’s the reality of what will happen if McCoig Gravel, a subsidiary […]

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EPA releases new fuel & emission standards that will save lives and protect the environment

EPA releases new fuel & emission standards that will save lives and protect the environment

Working together with health officials, vehicle manufacturers, refiners, states, and with input from the general public, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new emission standards for vehicles and fuels that will have a huge impact on public health and the quality of the air we breathe. The new rules, signed by President Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today, call for a […]

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SCORECARD: Sierra Club Michigan gives Gov. Snyder failing grade on protecting our state’s environment

SCORECARD: Sierra Club Michigan gives Gov. Snyder failing grade on protecting our state’s environment

Rick Snyder the MINO: Moderate in Name Only Today, the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club released a scorecard rating Governor Rick Snyder on his record regarding energy, environment, good government and related issues. Spoiler alert: He failed. Miserably. He received a rating of 25%. The Scorecard includes 32 key decisions made by Gov. Snyder on environmental issues including 25 […]

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Corporatist Republican Michigan AG Bill Schuette on duty to protect polluters and corporate profits

Corporatist Republican Michigan AG Bill Schuette on duty to protect polluters and corporate profits

I pledge allegiance to flag of the Corporate State of America… State Attorney General Bill Schuette’s job is to be the top law enforcement official in Michigan. As part of that job, his role is to protect the health and safety of Michiganders. Apparently he didn’t get the memo. Schuette has sued the Environmental Protection Agency to keep them from […]

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Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant continues to leak radiation into the groundwater and ocean, containment overflows

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant continues to leak radiation into the groundwater and ocean, containment overflows

Corporate officials “can’t decide whether they want to close it or to keep it going” I wrote last about the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan back in August. At that time, there was evidence that radiation was seeping into the Pacific Ocean with the potential for much more contamination on the horizon: TEPCO has been pumping the water into […]

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters advocates for some of the state’s best assets

Michigan League of Conservation Voters advocates for some of the state’s best assets

Michigan LCV helps make sure the Mitten’s natural resources are in good hands. If you’re spending the last blast of summer enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors, you can thank the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, at least in part. According to their website, “the Michigan League of Conservation Voters is the leading non-partisan political voice for protecting Michigan’s land, air, and […]

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Remember the Fukushima nuclear disaster? It’s STILL leaking radioactive water into the ocean.

Remember the Fukushima nuclear disaster? It’s STILL leaking radioactive water into the ocean.

Corporate malfeasance that harms the planet is not exclusively American It’s been two and a half years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex in Japan began spewing radioactive material into the air, land, and sea after it was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami. Since that time, much of the world has turned its attention elsewhere with most […]

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