PRESERVING NATURAL RESOURCES
- Public ownership and democratic control of all our natural resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and restore environmental quality.
- Placement of all financial responsibility for cleaning up toxic wastes on the corporations which are responsible for them.
- Requirements for manufacturers to contribute to research and development of new technologies for cleaning up and preventing future toxic wastes.
- Banning of the placement of local municipal landfills, toxic waste disposal sites or incinerators in working-class communities and communities of color.
- Legal action against any U.S. private corporation that violates environmental laws in the operation of facilities overseas.
- No clear-cutting in commercial forestry. Banning of commercial cutting in old-growth forests.
- An environmentally sound timber policy that takes into account the historical ecology of the region.
- Endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.
- Clean, accessible water is a fundamental human right and a public trust. We must protect Michigan's unique fresh-water resources against privatization and ban hydraulic fracturing, pumping and exploration for oil, natural gas, or any other purpose that could pollute the water supply.
- Revoke the sulfide-mining permit wrongly issued for the Eagle mine, which will drain acid into the Yellow Dog Watershed and Lake Superior.
- Massive cleanup of all Michigan lakes and waterways.
- Ban on the use of water from the Great Lakes for bottling and sale.
- Strict adherence to the federal Clean Water Act.
- Strict controls on runoff and effluent by industry and agriculture.
- Programs to reduce and eliminate mercury contamination in water.
- Statewide program to clean up and restore our state’s beaches and shorelines.
- Provide more non-motorized lakes and campgrounds
- “Polluter pay” laws to stop corporations from exceeding pollution levels.
- Mandatory DEQ monitoring of air pollution levels in urban areas.
- Conservation-focused limits and regulations on all commercial and large scale logging operations and other programs that cause deforestation.
- Legislation to preserve old growth forests and create new forest areas.
- Acceptance and compliance with the Kyoto Protocols.
- For alternative energy systems that are not harmful to the environment or living things.
- Public ownership and control of energy plants, organized in a production-for-use system, and administered by elected workplace and community assemblies, assuring the most careful use of natural resources, and giving local communities power to decide whether or not to accept large energy projects in their areas.
- Establishment of wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power plants to end Michigan’s dependence on fossil fuels.
- I oppose new nuclear plants, and call for phasing out all existing reactors, and an indefinite moratorium on all nuclear plant construction . Fossil fuels bring their own disasters, including the Enbridge pipeline break in Marshall. I also oppose offshore oil drilling, Keystone XL, Enbridge's pipeline over the Straits of Mackinac, tar-sands oil, fracking, coal, and biomass.
- Mandatory vitrification of all spent nuclear fuel, control rods and other waste.
- Ban on all imports of nuclear materials, whether they are vitrified or not.
- Sliding scale of utility rates which favor low-income people and ensure that everyone has access to utility services.
- A state moratorium on the extraction of fossil fuels through the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
- Ban on all imports of consumption waste.
- Moratorium on the construction of new waste dumps and landfills.
- Retrofitting of all current dumps and landfills with technology that aids in breaking down waste.
- Increasing conservation efforts by individuals, businesses and communities.
- “Premium pricing” for virgin raw materials.
- Expansion of weekly curbside recycling programs.
- Expansion of the “Bottle Bill” to include all glass, plastic, metal and coated paper containers.
- Democratically-elected, community-based environmental oversight committees.
- Immediate moratorium on all new construction and an injunction on all current construction contributing to urban sprawl.
- Credits and incentives to individuals and construction teams to build new dwellings and facilities in urban areas.
- Creation of and support for programs aimed at preserving wildlife preserves and natural wetlands.
- Expansion of federal and state wildlife areas, under democratic control of elected DNR representatives.
- Support for the development of programs aimed at studying the effects of naturally-occurring chemical compounds.
RESPECTING ALL LIVING THINGS
- Free spaying and neutering of domesticated animals and pets to prevent overpopulation.
- Mandated humane treatment of all animals employed to entertain humans, enforced by a Bureau of Animal Rights Enforcement, attached to the DNR.
- Abolition of the fur trade.
- Support for greater inclusion in and enforcement of the federal Endangered Species Act.
- Opposition to the practices of overcrowding, drugging, and otherwise cruelly treating animals on large and factory farms.
HUNTING AND FISHING
- Condemnation in the strongest terms of hunting and fishing for no purposes other than to slaughter.
- Sliding scale of limits and seasons to preserve threatened species and control overpopulation.
- Cleaning and dressing stations for the safe and sanitary butchering of wild game.
NEW CITIES INITIATIVE
- I would work to pass a New Cities Initiative, which would go beyond the proposals for “cool cities” advanced by modern technocrats. The New Cities Initiative would reorganize urban and rural life to provide for a common bond between all people in Michigan. Modern conveniences and culture would be brought to rural populations; rural calm and openness would be brought to urban peoples. Through modern methods of municipal planning and organization, it would be possible to bring the 21st century to even the most remote village and town in Michigan, while at the same time preserving old-growth forest, natural wetlands and wildlife areas.