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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we helped gather 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down. Environment Michigan has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Renewing America: A Blueprint For Economic Recovery

To revive the American dream, we need to rebuild our economy on a sound foundation – one that puts people back to work, contributes to long-term prosperity, rebuilds our communities, and protects our environment. There is one path to a renewed economy that achieves all of those goals—one that is increasingly recognized by opinion leaders, politicians, investors and workers as our best chance to work our way out of our current economic troubles, while building a stronger, more self-reliant and environmentally responsible America. It is the path to a clean energy future.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Clean Energy, Bright Future: Rebuilding America through Green Infrastructure

Our reliance on dirty energy is fueling global warming, harming our health, threatening our security and stalling our economy. Burning coal, oil and gas for energy and transportation is responsible for 80 percent of U.S. global warming pollution and most of our smog and soot pollution.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Vision 2010: President Obama’s Budget, Clean Energy and the Environment

President Obama has in two short months set the nation in a new direction when it comes to transitioning to a clean energy economy, stopping global warming and protecting the environment.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Moving Michigan Beyond Oil

Increasing dependence on petroleum-based transportation fuels is negatively impacting Michigan’s economy and environment. Michiganders send over $14 billion per year to other countries and states to import petroleum. On the environmental front, petroleum is increasing ecological degradation from global warming, air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction and related issues. Moreover, petroleum-based products with even higher environmental impacts—such as tar sands—are increasing their market share in Michigan and throughout our region.

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Report | American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Energy Efficiency in the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009

In June 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). This climate and energy legislation included a number of provisions intended to help the U.S. reduce energy use through various energy efficiency measures. Foremost, the bill requires utilities to obtain 20% of their energy through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020, with energy efficiency allowed to meet up to 8% of the 20% goal.

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