Michigan is stepping up to support clean air and oppose attacks on science and the EPA, such as the bills introduced by Congressman Fred Upton and Senator James Inhofe. You can join the effort and help protect clean air by taking action here.
160 Michigan Scientists Tell Congress to Let EPA Do its Job
More than 160 scientists from universities across Michigan called on Michigan’s congressional delegation to oppose further attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority, calling the EPA essential to protecting the public health.
The scientists’ letter states: “We strongly urge you to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the people of Michigan from air pollution and human caused climate change, both of which put our health, agriculture, environment and economy at risk.”
Michigan Professor Testifies Before Congress on Climate Impacts to Great Lakes
University of Michigan Professor, Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer, testified before Congress on the ecological impacts of climate change in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. He noted that lake ice on all five Great Lakes is decreasing and that Lake Superior is warming at an alarming rate. He added that continued warming could overwhelm existing water and sewer infrastructure, as well as decrease agricultural productivity in the Midwest, potentially costing the region billios of dollars. You can access his testimony, as well as archived footage of the March 8, 2011 hearing to gather evidence on the science of global warming on the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s website.
Poll Finds Michigan Voters Support EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gases
A poll found that Michigan voters across party lines want EPA to be allowed to regulate greenhouse gases. Read more about the polling results from the Kalamazoo Gazette, Grand Rapids Press, Michigan Radio and WSJM.
A Warmer Michigan Faces More Frequent Downpours, Flooding and Killer Heat Waves
According to a 2009 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, if global warming continues at its current pace due to emissions of heat-trapping fossil fuels, Michigan will likely suffer more intense summer heatwaves, intense downpours and flooding, more dangerous air pollution like smog and soot, and more frequent droughts. Additionally, water levels in the Great Lakes are declining, threatening the lucrative shipping industry. All of these changes will stress Michigan’s public health system, environment and industrial and agricultural economies.