During his campaign for governor, Rick Snyder touted a pro-environment agenda, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters noted they were “cautiously optimistic” about a Snyder Administration. Snyder highlighted environmental issues during his victory speech on Election Night:
“We are truly blessed in this state with some of the world’s greatest natural resources,” Snyder said, mentioning the state’s 11,000 lakes and the Great Lakes. “But we’re going to have to work harder to protect them. We have threats of things like the Asian Carp. We need to enhance them. We need to enjoy them. We need to market them better with things like Pure Michigan.”
So, Snyder’s agenda includes protecting Michigan’s environment — except when it doesn’t:
- On July 2, 2012, Snyder signed Senate Bill 248, one of the bills that environmental and sportsmen groups fought most strenuously. This legislation caps the amount of land the state can own and manage for conservation and recreational purposes.
- On Aug. 7, 2012, Snyder signed Senate Bill 1130, despite an enormous outpouring of citizen requests, expert opinion and editorials from across the state urging him to veto it. This legislation makes it harder for the state to protect sand dunes from irresponsible construction, undoing decades of responsible development.
- On Dec. 27, 2012, Snyder signed Senate Bill 1328. This bill weakens and rolls back regulations for cleaning up contaminated property. These regulations helped to protect the environment and public health against hazardous chemicals at contaminated sites.
These are just three pieces of legislation that the Michigan League of Conservation Voters has deemed as damaging to the environment on their How Green Is Your Governor? website.