Environment 2018-06-06T17:06:26+00:00

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.

“Our Great Lakes will not be compromised by polluters – as governor, I will shut down Line 5 forever and work to protect all of our resources.”

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.
  • Enter Michigan into the US Climate Alliance.

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.