Environmental Policy Initiative

The Environmental Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center seeks to answer two key questions. First, what unique geographical and environmental features does Michigan have that could contribute to improving the well-being of its residents? Second, how can the state maximize the value of those unique features to promote a balance of environmental health and economic vigor, and secure citizen access to natural resources and the benefits they provide?

This work would not be possible without our generous donors. For information about the Mackinac Center and our benefits please visit our membership page.

Latest Articles

Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence … more

Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight

Real estate development is not remediation … more

Lawmaker Blasts Utilities, Nearly Hits Donor Privacy Rights

Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course … more
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Michigan’s Convoluted Electricity System Leads to Strife and Strain

Legislature considers a deal for Hemlock Semiconductor and Consumers Energy … more

'Clear and Convincing Need' Bill Would Limit Overregulation

Proposed law would bring more Michigan rules in line with federal government … more

Solar Subsidies Are More than 'Fair'

Those selling a wholesale product should be paid the wholesale price … more

Proposed Bill Package Would Rein in DEQ Abuses

Landowners should have an easy appeal process for rejected permits … more

No More Additional Favors for Solar

Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels … more

The Battle Between Taxes and Fees in Storm Sewer Finance

Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies … more

Net Metering Decision Raises Hackles of Solar Supporters

'Avoided cost' rate will impact Michigan’s interest in residential solar … more