Michigan Climate Action Network

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A network of 50 groups and thousands of people in Michigan working to build a stronger climate movement and move forward solutions for a rapid and just transition to clean energy and a stable climate.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Gretchen Whitmer

Act On Our Climate Crisis - Stop the Great Lakes Oil Tunnel

Governor Whitmer was recently elected after saying she would decommission the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline that carries 23 million gallons of Canadian oil every day through the open waters of the Great Lakes. In a surprise to many, she changed course and is right now negotiating with Enbridge to move the pipeline into a proposed tunnel through the Great Lakes. Because of Michigan's legal jurisdiction over the four-mile section of pipeline in the Great Lakes, Governor Whitmer is uniquely positioned to be the first person ever to shut down an operating oil pipeline. This is the action we need, not building an oil tunnel for Line 5 that will accelerate our climate disaster.  A tunnel would allow this oil pipeline to operate for another 50 to 100 years, at the very time when the world's scientists have reported that we must slash carbon emissions by half within 11 years. It would assuredly mean Enbridge would replace and expand the entire Line 5 pipeline through Michigan to carry Canada's chief export: tar sands, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel known to humans. When the oil in Line 5 makes its way to a refinery and then is burned, it spills the carbon equivalent of 21 coal-fired power plants into the atmosphere every year, making it a significant contributor to our climate crisis.  This oil tunnel is the opposite of what Governor Whitmer promised on Earth Day when she said, "We are going to do everything we can to mitigate human impacts that are warming the globe and changing our climate forever." Tell Governor Whitmer building a tunnel for Canadian oil is a recipe for climate disaster. Please sign and share this petition now. THE PETITION THAT WILL BE SENT TO GOV. WHITMER Dear Governor Whitmer, An oil tunnel is a bad deal for Michigan and a terrible deal for the climate. When burned, the oil Line 5 carries releases the carbon pollution equal to 21 coal plants. If allowed to build a tunnel, Enbridge will replace and expand the entire length of Line 5 to carry the most carbon-intensive fuel known to humans: tar sands. Please put our children’s future first and follow through on your promise to lead on climate. Take action now to decommission Line 5, and do not make an oil tunnel deal with Enbridge. SincerelyYour Name  

Michigan Climate Action Network
3,109 supporters
Petitioning Michigan state representatives, Michigan State Senators

Oppose the Line 5 Oil Pipeline Tunnel

A 65-year-old pipeline known as Line 5 carries millions of gallons of oil every day through the heart of the Great Lakes. An oil spill here would be devastating. Instead of shutting down this oil pipeline, what tens of thousands of Michiganders have called for, Michigan’s outgoing Governor wants to build a new oil pipeline under the Great Lakes. He is trying to rush through a deal with Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns Line 5, to lock us into this tunnel before Michigan's new governor takes office in January. This oil tunnel deal with Enbridge is a horrible deal for the Great Lakes, and it is a disastrous deal for the climate. It would allow the existing dented and corroded pipeline to keep operating in these treasured waters for another 10 years while the tunnel is built. This tunnel would be leased to Enbridge for up to 99 more years of oil transport. This investment in a new oil pipeline will inevitably delay the transition off of fossil fuels at a time when we cannot afford it. In October, the world’s top scientists released the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finding that we must cut climate emissions in half within 12 years if we are to avoid the worst climate impacts. If we fail to act, the report specifically states that hundreds of millions of lives will be lost around the world from food shortages, worsening drought, and heat waves. Michigan and the U.S. are not immune from these impacts, and we have a responsibility to make wise decisions about fossil fuel infrastructure. When burned, the oil in Line 5 releases the pollution equivalent of 21 coal-fired power plants. Transportation fuels are now the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. Rather than moving forward with a disastrous deal to guarantee a commitment to fossil fuels for a century, we should be investing in clean energy, to guarantee a sustainable, healthy future for the state of Michigan. The people of Michigan just elected a new Governor and Attorney General who have said they do not support an oil tunnel, and will work to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The outgoing Governor is rushing to sign this deal with Enbridge before he leaves office so that Michigan is stuck with it. Help us fight this. Tell Michigan Policymakers - No Tunnel!

Michigan Climate Action Network
2,154 supporters