Will You Help Expose the Organization That is Destroying American Democracy?

I don’t know if you’ve seen this video yet, but every blogger needs to be focusing on this organization, ALEC. Cenk Uygur and Anna Kasparian put it all together in a few minutes what every democracy loving American needs to know about ALEC. ALEC is destroying our democracy, plain and simple. This is only one […]

Watching Out for Our Water


Dubious, albeit positive-sounding, promises from the corporate world can't substitute for more meaningful safeguards against corporate abuse. Water is at risk in the United States and around the world. Its quality and availability is in peril. Today, nearly one in eight people lack access to adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Globally, water-borne diseases kill […]


  "I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream." –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 March on Washington We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice… for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find […]

My Letter Hits the Freep

At least, I am told so (I don’t take it) and it is in the online version (second letter down): The Aug. 1 editorial on the Enbridge pipeline rupture (“A year later, oil and key questions linger,” Aug. 1) points out that prevention is better than paying the $500-million cleanup for future spills. But this […]

The People’s News 8/4/11

Here are today's top stories –   AP: Poll: Many local government leaders say Michigan is on the wrong track – After seeing lawmakers cut their funding and give financial managers sweeping new powers, half of local government leaders say they think Michigan is on the wrong track while a third saying it's headed in […]

Michigan Radio’s “The Environment Report” wins coveted Edward R. Murrow Award

Kudos to Michigan Radio: The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Documentary in the Radio: Large Market category for “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy […]

Clean Water Action in Ann Arbor & E. Lansing hosts 1st Volunteer Action night 7/13/2011

My good friends at Clean Water Action (CWA) are hosting their first weekly “Wednesday Volunteer Activist Night” this week on Wednesday, June 13 (tomorrow). There are locations in both Ann Arbor and East Lansing. Details below. As someone who spent some time at these weekly events, I can tell firsthand that these are some of […]

Clean Water Action – Upcoming events

I’m a big fan of Clean Water Action and our Michigan team is rock solid. What is Clean Water Action all about? This is what they are all about: Clean Water Action is an organization of one million members working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to […]

Michigan shoreline communities take two more devastating hits

The Lake Michigan shoreline area of Allegan County was dealt a double-whammy this week. First, Saugatuck Township’s battle against developer Aubrey McClendon to prevent him from building a luxury resort and marina development in the heart of the Sauguatuck Dunes was lost when the Township compromised with him. I have written in the past about […]

Wolvernine Power’s coal-fired power plant permit issued today

I have been following the plans by Wolverine Power to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, Michigan pretty closely. In May of last year, I blogged about the denial of their permit by the Granholm administration. Then, in April this year, I wrote about how the zombie power plant had risen from […]

Want a Small Car Yet? You Will Soon

USA Today, 12/9/2010. Yes, this report was under three weeks ago. Shows you how quickly things can change. Automakers are offering more conventional cars that cross the 40-miles-per-gallon threshold in highway driving, but relatively low gas prices continue to hold off buyers. In past years, few models were able to get a 40-mpg rating without […]

Accusations of Literal Oil Cover Up; Former Detroit Mayor Denny Archer Hired By enbridge

….. Workers say Garner Environmental covering up Oil Spill disaster clean up efforts Contractors accused of taking shortcuts EPA launches criminal probe of Enbridge oil pipeline rupture Enbridge hires former Detroit Mayor and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dennis Archer to review claims process for oil spill Oil residue still found in parts of Kalamazoo River […]