Bill Schuette has been in the news a lot lately because of problems with the Enbridge oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, which he has the power to shut down, by the way. However, rather than take action, he’s chosen instead to score political points by offering up cheap platitudes about the pipeline’s future.
Don’t be fooled by Schuette’s posturing, he’s no steward of our natural resources and Great Lakes. In fact, he’s been the exact opposite.
It’s important to remember that we cannot just look at Schuette’s record since he’s been Michigan’s attorney general. Schuette has been a Congressman and a State Senator as well, and just like his last two terms in office, in the legislature and D.C. Schuette accumulated a record that shows he’s not on our side.
Here’s a few examples of how Schuette is on the wrong side of protecting Michigan’s air and water:
- In the Michigan Senate, Schuette voted AGAINST an amendment that would have required state funds to be used to monitor drinking water for the “presence of toxic chemicals” and other substances.
- As a state senator, Schuette sponsored and voted for legislation that allows oil drilling in the Great Lakes.
- In Congress, Schuette voted to protect oil companies by putting American taxpayers on the hook for major oil spill cleanups.
- In Congress, Schuette earned an abysmal score of 32 percent from the League of Conservation Voters for routinely voting in a way that puts our natural resources, air, water and public health at risk.
- As attorney general, Schuette used his position and taxpayer resources to fight efforts to keep mercury out of our Great Lakes and cut down on fossil fuel pollution from energy companies.
Bill Schuette’s environmental record is as dirty as an oil spill. When it comes to protecting Michigan’s air, water and public health, Shady Schuette is not on our side.