With a New Governor, What Comes Next?

Now that the state of Michigan has elected Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to be the next governor, there is sure to be drastic changes to how the state is governed and operates. This will be especially true on the issue of climate change and environmental protection, as this has been one of the main pillars of Whitmer's campaign. Take a look at an excerpt from what her campaign had promised in regard to this issue below. Do you think this will actually happen? Are these issues important in the first place? And if so, does she detail a vision that you think will help the state?

Waste Disposal

Despite being one of the first states with a bottle deposit law and some of the first food-waste collection programs, Michigan still lags when it comes to recycling. Our rate is near 15 percent, compared to the national average of about 35 percent. The amount that is being landfilled every year continues to increase. States with higher rates have more material making its way into new products and Michigan businesses need those materials. Benefits of using recycled material affect the energy savings, the water savings and the material savings.

The Great Lakes

"The Great Lakes watershed provides habitat for wildlife, including the gray wolf, Canada lynx, and the millions of migratory birds that pass through in the spring and fall. The five lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—are home to numerous fish such as walleye, whitefish, trout, and lake sturgeon. In spite of their majesty, the Great Lakes are fragile and face serious threats from invasive species, toxins, water diversion, wetland destruction, sewage overflows, and climate change."

Air Pollution in Michigan

"A new air quality report has determined the counties in Michigan that have the highest levels of air pollution and it seems the Metro Detroit area is plagued with a smog problem. The American Lung Association released its "State of the Air 2018" report Wednesday and concluded that ozone pollution overall worsened significantly in America from 2014-2016 compared to its previous report, which looked at 2013-2015." Michigan recently got tested to see if its air pollutin quality was sufficient, and the tests came back negative.

With a New Governor, What Comes Next?

Now that the state of Michigan has elected Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to be the next governor, there is sure to be drastic changes to how the state is governed and operates. This will be especially true on the issue of climate change and environmental protection, as this has been one of the main pillars of Whitmer's campaign. Take a look at an excerpt from what her campaign had promised in regard to this issue below. Do you think this will actually happen? Are these issues important in the first place? And if so, does she detail a vision that you think will help the state?

Waste Disposal

Despite being one of the first states with a bottle deposit law and some of the first food-waste collection programs, Michigan still lags when it comes to recycling. Our rate is near 15 percent, compared to the national average of about 35 percent. The amount that is being landfilled every year continues to increase. States with higher rates have more material making its way into new products and Michigan businesses need those materials. Benefits of using recycled material affect the energy savings, the water savings and the material savings.

The Great Lakes

"The Great Lakes watershed provides habitat for wildlife, including the gray wolf, Canada lynx, and the millions of migratory birds that pass through in the spring and fall. The five lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—are home to numerous fish such as walleye, whitefish, trout, and lake sturgeon. In spite of their majesty, the Great Lakes are fragile and face serious threats from invasive species, toxins, water diversion, wetland destruction, sewage overflows, and climate change."

Air Pollution in Michigan

"A new air quality report has determined the counties in Michigan that have the highest levels of air pollution and it seems the Metro Detroit area is plagued with a smog problem. The American Lung Association released its "State of the Air 2018" report Wednesday and concluded that ozone pollution overall worsened significantly in America from 2014-2016 compared to its previous report, which looked at 2013-2015." Michigan recently got tested to see if its air pollutin quality was sufficient, and the tests came back negative.

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