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Report | Environment Michigan

Building A Solar Destination

Ypsilanti can become a “Solar Destination.” By collaborating with local businesses, institutions, and community groups, city leaders can foster a solar future that begins to replace the outdated energy sources of the past, while reducing pollution and building a thriving economy.  To hasten the day when solar energy powers our homes, businesses and even cars, Ypsilanti should adopt a bold and achievable goal of installing 1,000 solar roofs by 2020.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

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Result

New limits on carbon pollution

In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit—an important victory for the thousands of Michiganders who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.

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Result

Driving the climate change message home

We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that four out of five Americans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.

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