environmental policy http://michiganradio.org en Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause http://michiganradio.org/post/carbon-tax-finds-bipartisan-support-when-funds-are-delegated-specific-cause <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:13 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18462 at http://michiganradio.org Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-ready-epas-proposed-carbon-rules <p>On Monday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency released the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602proposal-cleanpowerplan.pdf">federal government’s plan </a>to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The agency's calling it the "Clean Power Plan."</p><p>The EPA says carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of climate change. The agency is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposing a 30% reduction in CO2 from power plants by 2030. Here's what EPA says about the proposed regulations:</span></p><blockquote><p>Climate change is not just a problem for the future. We are facing its impacts today:</p><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Average temperatures have risen in most states since 1901, with seven of the top 10 warmest years on record occurring since 1998.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="8.463999798202513" data-font-name="g_font_21_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 90px; top: 963.675px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.651077, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="191.32319543849948" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 476.083px; top: 1077.17px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.935108, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Nationwide, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="23.75439943365097" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 440.283px; top: 1102.97px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.928511, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;from the power sector by approximately 30 per cent from 2005 levels. It</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="240.48799426631928" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 231.033px; top: 1128.57px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907673, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;will also reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent.</div></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Policymakers at the state level and the state’s major power companies don’t seem surprised by the news.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:50:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17836 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules What will the country's farm bill mean for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-countrys-farm-bill-mean-michigan <p>It’s official. The country will have a farm bill. On Friday, President Obama plans to sign the nearly $1 trillion bill into law on his trip in East Lansing. On today’s show we take a closer look at the farm bill and explore what all this means to Michigan farmers.</p><p>Listen to the audio above.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:25:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 16320 at http://michiganradio.org What will the country's farm bill mean for Michigan? How one city in Wisconsin may change how we protect the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/how-one-city-wisconsin-may-change-how-we-protect-great-lakes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A water dilemma is brewing in Wisconsin.</span></p><p>The city of Waukesha (near Milwaukee) is asking for permission to tap into Lake Michigan for drinking water — to the tune of 10.1 million gallons per day.</p><p>Waukesha is in a real bind. The aquifer that has provided most of its drinking water for the last century has dropped so far, that the water left behind has unhealthy levels of radium and salt.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the city of 70,000 is under a federal order to find a new source, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd Lake Michigan is just 15 miles away.</span></p><p>But Waukesha has the bad luck to be a mile and a half outside the watershed boundary that encircles the five Great Lakes.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:57:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 14942 at http://michiganradio.org How one city in Wisconsin may change how we protect the Great Lakes Citizen groups flex some muscle in fight against Detroit's petroleum coke piles http://michiganradio.org/post/citizen-groups-flex-some-muscle-fight-against-detroits-petroleum-coke-piles <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 14pt; line-height: 1.5;">By now, you’ve probably heard of Detroit’s pet coke piles.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.0pt; color:#222222">They’re a byproduct of refining Canadian tar sands oil at Detroit’s Marathon refinery, and the ashen piles are definitely an eyesore on the city’s riverfront. But how much of a danger does pet coke really pose?<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:30:58 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13267 at http://michiganradio.org Citizen groups flex some muscle in fight against Detroit's petroleum coke piles Sierra Club report: Pollution hits southeast Michigan's poor hardest http://michiganradio.org/post/sierra-club-report-pollution-hits-southeast-michigans-poor-hardest <p>Detroit and its downriver suburbs have some serious pollution problems.</p><p>And according to a new Sierra Club report, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130404/NEWS05/130404027/Sierra-Club-pollution-environment-Detroit">the greatest effects fall</a> on poor, largely non-white communities.</p><p>The report deals with environmental justice in southeast Michigan—the idea that poor, minority communities tend to shoulder the burdens of pollution.</p><p>It details toxic emissions from six major sources in and around Detroit—five of which are clustered in the downriver area.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:47:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12030 at http://michiganradio.org Sierra Club report: Pollution hits southeast Michigan's poor hardest 4 things from Gov. Snyder's "special address" on energy and the environment http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-gov-snyders-special-address-energy-and-environment <p>Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder gave his <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EE_Message_FINAL_pdf_404563_7.pdf">“special address” on energy and the environment</a>.</p><p>In it, he said it is impossible to ignore the connections between economics, energy, and the environment while talking about subjects like land management, invasive species, and urban farming.</p><p>Here are the highlights for those who missed it:</p><p><strong>1) Pushing for more natural gas, says Michigan has safe "fracking"</strong></p><p>In a section of his speech on Michigan’s energy future, the governor said he was bullish on natural gas.</p><p>With regard to the extraction and production of the gas, Governor Snyder suggested that Michigan has been safely hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for a long time.</p><p>In his address, Gov. Snyder said "hydraulic fracturing" and "horizontal drilling" have been around for decades.</p><blockquote><p>...some have expressed concerns about what these technologies mean for Michigan’s environment. Neither fracking nor horizontal drilling is a new technology—they have been used in Michigan for many decades. None of the fracking that has been done in Michigan has resulted in a single water quality problem.</p></blockquote><p>What might have been missed in the Governor’s statement is the distinction between hydraulic fracturing and <em>horizontal</em> hydraulic fracturing. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:45:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10139 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things from Gov. Snyder's "special address" on energy and the environment How green is your governor? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-green-your-governor <p>Rick Snyder was the first Republican running for governor to be endorsed by the <a href="http://www.michiganlcv.org/">Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV),</a> a lobbying group that advocates for conservational and environmental laws and protection.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:03:02 +0000 Zoe Clark 5516 at http://michiganradio.org