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Clean cars would save Michigan residents money, slash oil use and pollution this summer

As Michigan residents get ready for summer road trips, an Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center report finds that cleaner, more fuel efficient cars would significantly slash oil consumption and global warming pollution across the state.

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Report | Union of Concerned Scientists & NRDC

Saving Money At The Pump

Making our cars and trucks go farther on a gallon of gasoline is a powerful way to save Americans more than $44 billion annually at the gas pump, reduce carbon pollution, and cut oil dependence.

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Result

A brighter future for wind and solar.

By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms on and offshore, and to put solar panels on our roofs.

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Result

Lake Michigan defended.

Environment Michigan’s advocacy has helped win numerous victories for the Great Lakes, including stopping pollution from power plants and refineries — like BP’s proposed expansion in 2008, which would have led to hundreds more pounds of toxic waste being dumped into Lake Michigan.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research and Policy Center

Toxic Waterways

Coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of mercury pollution in the United States. Emissions from these plants eventually make their way into Michigan’s waterways, contaminating fish and wildlife.

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