LANSING, Mich. — A roundtable discussion on the Climate Crisis in Michigan was held on Tuesday in Lansing and hosted by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D).
She outlined a report showing how the state is uniquely positioned to address the climate crisis from improving energy efficiency to producing clean energy vehicles and infrastructure.
Stabenow said, "the science is clear."
"I'm very concerned that the Great Lakes Region is actually warming faster than any other part of the country and we're seeing real world effects."
Those who were in attendance for the round table talked about how climate change is affecting public health.
Michigan's Clean Energy Industry is expected to grow another 9% this year, which is more than any other state in the Midwest.
Stabenow is the co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.
According to a press release, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 will reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is set to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2021, for another five years. The bill increases the current authorization level from $300 million to $375 million in Fiscal Year 2022 and increases funding by $25 million per year until it reaches $475 million in Fiscal Year 2026.
“This Initiative has proven results which is why both Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate are behind this bill,” said Senator Stabenow this summer. “With these positive results and given continued threats to our water, it’s a no-brainer to continue investing in the health of our Great Lakes and waterways.”
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes, beaches, and waterways and fighting invasive species like Asian carp. Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has provided more than $762 million for 880 projects across Michigan.
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