Energy and the Environment

ISSUES: EnvironmentResponsible stewardship of the earth and its assets is something we owe to our children as well as to ourselves. I have long advocated on behalf of measures that protect America's precious natural resources. Whether leading the fight to preserve our Great Lakes, championing the manufacturing and broad use of ethanol and renewable sources of energy, or cleaning up toxic waste sites, I am committed to a clean, healthy, and vibrant environment.

Progress

Leading the fight to pressure British Petroleum not to dump additional ammonia and sludge into Lake Michigan, as part of a long-term effort to champion the preservation and restoration of the Great Lakes.

 

Worked in a successful multi-state effort to prevent oil drilling in the Great Lakes.

 

Priorities

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