Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Michigan's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Michigan's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across America to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support. And our statewide limits on mercury emissions provided the basis for the EPA's nationwide standards.

Result

At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.

On July 29th, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards.

Result

Preserving the Upper Peninsula.

We all want our forests to stay pristine and wild for generations to come, and we've worked to keep them that way. We won strong protections for Carney Fen—2,326 acres of forest and marsh in the Upper Peninsula—from logging and encroaching development.

Result

Bringing more clean energy to Michigan

Michigan is getting more of its energy from clean, renewable solar power — a victory for our environment, our health and our climate. We’ve been working with communities around the state to reach our goals of seeing 250,000 new solar roofs by 2030.

Result

Reducing global warming pollution

Together, we’ve made hard-won progress in the race to protect our children from the worst consequences of global warming. This past June, after more than 3 million Americans urged President Obama to act on climate, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants — the single largest sources of global warming pollution.

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