Michigan's natural resources are a large part of what makes living in the Great Lakes State so special. They are a vital to our economy and our way of life. That's why we must do all we can to protect our natural resources and ensure that Michigan's land, air and water can be enjoyed by future generations. This includes finding solutions to environmental issues that are putting the health and safety of our families at risk.
You can find some of Michigan's most polluted ZIP codes in Southwest Detroit, most likely due to the heavy industry in the area, such as Michigan's only oil refinery, salt mines and steel plants. This means that residents in the city and areas like Ecorse, River Rouge and other Downriver communities are forced to breathe dirty air every time they set foot outside. This is unacceptable. Our children deserve better than to grow up in a neighborhood where their health is continually put at risk. I support stronger EPA regulations and air quality standards that will hold businesses accountable and ensure dangerous toxins are not needlessly polluting our neighborhoods.
I also stand with our neighbors in Romulus who are against the re-opening of deep injection wells that would pump hazardous waste underground. Re-opening the wells would do nothing to keep our natural resources clean and would only store hazardous waste under our neighborhood streets and backyards. This is a matter of great concern for all of Southeast Michigan, as it would needlessly put the safety and well-being of entire neighborhoods and countless families at risk.
I also support:
-Protecting Michigan's Great Lakes and inland waters from Asian Carp and other invasive species that could do serious harm to our precious ecosystem and hurt our economy.
-Ensuring cap and trade programs are working in order to clear our skies and the protect the air we breathe.
-Working with our auto manufacturers to improve the fuel economy of passenger vehicles in a reasonable manner. In addition to reducing pollution and improving our air quality, it will save families money at the pump, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and strengthen our national security.