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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan

Energy and Environment

Protecting the nation we inherited and will pass along to our children is a critical issue.  Centuries of neglect and overuse has brought our environment to near collapse too many times.  While decades of hard work and milestone legislation have restored much of our environment, there remains much to do.  We have seen this in Detroit, where our river quality has improved drastically, but we know that there is still entirely too much to do to support environmental justice and quality.

In addition to the work on traditional pollution that poisons our rivers and chokes our air, we also face a truly global threat from climate change.  It is incredibly important to recognize the patterns we have seen developing over the last century, and the consequences if we continue upon that path.  It is time for our nation to invest heavily in green infrastructure—solar, wind, and other energy sources—that will support our lifestyle without destroying our children’s future.

In the shift to green technology, we confront what looks like a fourth industrial revolution, the previous three being the shift from agriculture to manufacturing, the creation of the everyday automobile and the consumer economy in the middle of the 20th Century, and the technological revolution of the late 20th Century and early 21st Century.  As our economy revolutionizes once again, it’s important to ensure that we are just in how we allocate the benefits and the costs of this new horizon.

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September 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C.- 60 Members of Congress, led by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), today sent a letter to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, requesting information on the steps the EPA is taking to protect Americans, bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides.

October 25, 2016 Press Release

Michigan – U.S. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today led a letter signed by every Democratic House member of Michigan’s congressional delegation, calling for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to review the State of Michigan’s actions to block the City of Flint from suing the State in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.

May 24, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) today introduced the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act. This legislation would provide nearly $35 billion annually to modernize U.S. water infrastructure. The WATER Act funds infrastructure projects by closing a loophole on offshore corporate profits. The WATER Act would make these profits subject to U.S. tax in the year they are generated and ensure that all funds would go to publicly-owned water systems, rather than for-profit providers.

April 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement in response to the charges filed against three government officials (two state officials and a city employee) in Michigan in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.

March 17, 2016 Press Release
"We cannot undo the damage already done by the lead-poisoned water in Flint or fix the harm already caused by the hazardous conditions in Detroit’s public schools. But we can stand together and make sure the unaccountable emergency managers responsible for these disasters – and the legal system that empowered them – are not permitted to inflict further harm on our citizens or our constitutional rights. That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Emergency Financial Manager Reform Act of 2016, legislation that will ensure that only lawmakers elected by the people are in charge of making decisions for the people."
February 18, 2016 In The News
For years, I have joined voters, other elected officials, and even courts in warning that the right-wing takeover of local government would end this way.
January 6, 2016 Press Release
“I am alarmed to hear that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) may raise the ceiling on Sulfur Dioxide pollution in the Detroit area. Given the serious health consequences of Sulfur Dioxide pollution, such a measure should receive the highest-level of consideration and discussion."
September 24, 2015 Op-eds

This summer, Pope Francis released one of the most important and eloquent works of our time: Laudato Si. A meditation on modern culture and our responsibilities to our creator and one another, it directly confronts the sin and injustice of continued environmental degradation and inaction on climate change.

May 11, 2015 Op-eds

When I voted for the Clean Air Act as a Member of Congress in 1970, I received a stern warning from special interests: Environmental protection hurts economic growth. When I voted for the Clean Water Act in 1972, the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and the first federal fuel economy standards in 1975, the usual suspects were out in force with a familiar message: green regulations are just too costly.