Environment: We Have a Moral Duty to Protect Pure Michigan
The Great Lakes are home to 21 percent of the world’s fresh water, which will become the most valuable resource as our climate changes. I believe we as Michiganders have a moral duty to each other, to future generations and to the world to be excellent stewards of this life-sustaining resource.
I love the beauty of this state and recognize the role it plays in both our economy and our quality of life. I will work to protect not only our famous lakes, but also our rivers, forests, and our cities. We must put a stop to policies that pollute our air, destroy our parks, threaten our lakes and cause blight and decay in our urban areas.
As governor, I will:
- Shut down Line 5 and end the grave threat to our state’s economy, our environment and our way of life from oil being transported through the Great Lakes.
- I will gather all stakeholders and push a solution that addresses concerns about jobs and energy costs, while ending this threat.
- Prohibit the sale or export of bottled Michigan water outside of state boundaries.
- Increase the number of state forests and preserves.
- Tighten pollution controls on the Great Lakes.
- Stop the threat from Asian carp entering our waterways.
- Invest in agricultural diversification to focus on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Michigan is a beautiful state, but it won’t stay that way unless we fight for it. That’s what I’ll do as your governor.