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Past articles by Jim:

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ on carbon emissions for electric business by 2050

DTE Electric Co., the state’s largest power provider, said it hopes other utilities will pursue similar goals to slow the earth’s warming from greenhouse gases. The plan drew praise and some skepticism → Read More

Besieged Michigan farmers back new trade pact with Canada and Mexico

Farmers say they need help following heavy rains, a trade war and falling prices. They say the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement could provide some desperately needed assistance. → Read More

Memo to Ted Nugent: Not all hunters hate Michigan’s deer bait ban

A ban on deer baiting is prompting fears of a plunge in hunting (and objections from the Motor City Madman) but conservation groups say the move is necessary to stop chronic wasting disease from decimating the herd. → Read More

Michigan GOP files new suit to stop independent redistricting commission

State Republican Party’s federal lawsuit argues the structure of the 13-member board violates its freedom of association. → Read More

All eyes on Grand Traverse Bay as deadline looms for tribal fishing decree

A consent decree that carves out fishing rights in the Great Lakes for five Michigan tribes is set to expire next August and negotiations have yet to start with the state. The outcome could shape fisheries for decades. → Read More

Q&A: Demystifying sky-high electricity rates in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

“There is widespread discontent” with the U.P.’s biggest electricity provider: Upper Peninsula Power Co. Elise Matz, a consumer advocate, wants to help Yoopers understand what’s going on. → Read More

It’s not just Flint: Poverty is bad for your health in Michigan, study finds

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focuses on environmental justice, a new study by the University of Michigan maps ‘hot spots’ where low-income people of color are exposed to high levels of pollution. → Read More

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources. → Read More

Watch a video of anchor damage to Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer nears decision on a tunnel to protect the pipeline, a video is released of mishap that environmentalists claim shows “Great Lakes dodged a bullet.” → Read More

How a typo revived a Michigan fish feud over hungry Yoopers and science

A brouhaha over brook trout has bubbled up in Michigan, pitting older anglers against downstate ones and prompting questions about whether science or special interests sets policy. → Read More

Michigan environment roundup: Glacier that formed Great Lakes is disappearing

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources. → Read More

Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix Michigan roads: Nearly triple gas tax

The Democratic governor wants to add 45 cents atop Michigan’s 26.3 per gallon tax on gas. She’ll propose doing so when she unveils her first state budget proposal Tuesday. Republicans already are criticizing plan. → Read More

Is this the year Michigan joins the rest of America on public records?

Michigan is one of only two states that exempt the Legislature and the Governor’s office from public records requests. Attempts to change the state’s FOIA act have failed year after year. → Read More

Michigan environment roundup: PFAS found in 119 Michigan water systems

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources. → Read More

Gretchen Whitmer remakes Michigan DEQ again, but leaves oversight panels intact

Fresh off an override by Republicans, the Democratic governor issued an executive order Wednesday to reshuffle the DEQ. Oversight panels will remain, pending a legal review. → Read More

Michigan Republicans kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental overhaul plan

The Republican-controlled Legislature killed Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to reorganize Michigan’s environmental agency. It’s only the second time that has happened since 1963. → Read More

Few love Michigan’s DEQ. But are oversight panels worth Whitmer-GOP showdown?

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is locked in a showdown with Republicans over her plan to kill oversight panels. Both sides agree citizens should have a say in regulations, but have disagreed for years about how to do so. → Read More

Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

The conversation follows a House vote to block Whitmer’s executive order to transform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the latest in a power struggle that may derail bipartisanship. → Read More

Michigan Republicans move to block Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

One month after taking office and pledging to work with Republicans, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to reorganize the state’s environment agency face a challenge from Republican lawmakers. They’re upset she plans to abolish oversight groups that give businesses a say in regulations. → Read More

Michigan budget deal shifts money from schools for toxic cleanups

Lawmakers hand Gov. Rick Snyder his top priority in the final hours of lame duck session. But the extra money for hazardous cleanups has school officials howling. → Read More