The climate crisis clock is ticking. We can't allow a budget to be finalized that doesn't meet the gravity of this moment. Write a letter to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committee members as well as to your own state legislators, and tell them that a 2022 budget that cuts clean energy dollars and underfunds mass transit is unacceptable!
Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that are toxic at very low levels, causing testicular and kidney cancer, high cholesterol, colitis, and immunosuppression, including reduced response to vaccines.
The more we look, the more we find PFAS—in products, air, drinking water, sludge, surface water, food, plants and in…. US! Ninety seven percent of Americans tested have PFAS in their blood.
The oil and gas industry has leveraged its massive political spending, lobbying and public relations spin machine into loopholes across our federal environmental laws and regulations. This special treatment means that when oil and gas companies profit, they put our water, air, health at risk, while fueling the climate crisis. These loopholes amount to subsidies - allowing the fossil fuel industry to profit and pass on their costs to the public in the form of polluted water, air and the climate crisis.
For decades, toxic PFAS pollution, known as the forever chemicals, were used in firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. The chemicals are still leaching into the neighboring Clark’s Marsh, a wetland within the Huron-Manistee National Forest, which connects to the Au Sable River and flows into Lake Huron just a few miles downstream.
One of our biggest priorities is to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe, and affordable water and sanitation in their home. No one should be unable to wash their hands during a pandemic. No child should be exposed to lead from aging pipes. No one should have to worry about sewage backing up into their basement or community flooding from failing wastewater systems.
The ability to participate in free and open elections is a cornerstone of democratic government. States should focus on protecting the freedom to vote, not placing additional barriers to voting. Unfortunately, instead of ensuring that all voices can be heard, leaders in the state legislature are working hard to pass anti-voter bills.