Jim Malewitz

Jim Malewitz reports on the environment for Bridge. Based in Lansing, but with plans to scour both peninsulas, he is looking for stories about how public policy, climate change and other phenomena affect the state’s trove of natural resources – all while leaders tout the “Pure Michigan” brand. Jim joined Bridge in November 2017, returning to his home state after a lengthy absence. He spent four years at the Texas Tribune, where he was an investigative reporter and extensively covered energy and environmental issues. He reported on an oil boom and bust, deadly oil refineries, cross-state border squabbles, invasive zebra mussels and gaping sinkholes. His work there also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO Magazine and news outlets across the country. Before moving to Texas, Jim covered energy and the environment for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. He majored in political science at Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. There, he helped launch the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, where he currently serves on the board of directors. You can reach Jim at jmalewitz@bridgemi.com or call him at 517-657-3577.

Articles

Michigan shrinks credits for rooftop solar, clouding industry’s future

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

In a battle over fairness and who controls Michigan’s renewable energy future, utilities successfully pushed state lawmakers and regulators to lower compensation for rooftop solar owners who add electricity grid.

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Amid shifting economics and concerns about climate change, Michigan’s biggest energy utility vows to slash carbon dioxide emissions 90 percent by 2040 — without building any new natural gas plants.

Michigan environment roundup: Great Lakes water levels could break records

May 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Watch a video of anchor damage to Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

May 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

As Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer nears decision on a tunnel to protect the pipeline, a video is released of mishap that environmentalists claim shows “Great Lakes dodged a bullet.”

 

Nestlé to allow feds to monitor water withdrawals in central Michigan

May 8, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Nestlé said the U.S. Geological Survey will independently monitor conditions near an Osceola County well where Michigan regulators allow pumping of up to 400 gallons a minute for an Ice Mountain bottling plant.

All systems go once again for Michigan’s $2.5M rocket plan

April 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A controversial grant to fund Michigan’s foray into the space race is revived after being grounded by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Electric car fees in Michigan would soar under Whitmer’s roads plan

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to boost gas taxes by 45 cents would also make Michigan’s electric vehicle fees the highest in the nation. Critics say that comes atop other state policies that have discouraged sales of cleaner cars.

DTE chief: We’re cutting carbon because it’s ‘defining issue of our era’

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The energy company is accelerating its goal of cutting emissions by 80 percent. CEO Gerry Anderson says the company is ramping up solar and wind energy.

Cutting energy costs can be expensive. Michigan’s green bank can help.

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A nonprofit known as Michigan Saves helps with financing and other efforts to cut sometimes exorbitant costs of becoming energy efficient.

Michigan environment roundup: Minnesota has Isle Royale envy

April 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Fixing typo, Michigan loosens U.P. brook trout limits — for now

April 19, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan anglers can bag up to 10 brook trout on 33 U.P. streams this season,  ranging from a stretch of the Iron River to the north branch of the Pine River. But the relaxed limit could be temporary.

Nestlé extends Flint bottled water donations through August

April 10, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Since Michigan halted its free bottled water program, Nestlé has provided 100,000 bottles water per week to help centers that continue to face high demands from residents who refuse to drink from their taps.

Michigan’s UP is full of closed mines. Technology may give them new life

April 3, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Upper Peninsula communities struggled when mines shuttered. Now, researchers are studying whether closed mines could be used to store energy, lowering cripplingly high energy costs.

Michigan environment roundup: DTE closing coal plants early

April 3, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

With Line 5 tunnel plan halted, next steps may belong to Enbridge Energy

April 1, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The chairman of the board that approved Michigan’s plans to pursue a tunnel around Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil pipeline doubts his board could defend its actions in court — because it no longer exists.

Halting Line 5 tunnel is ‘shameful.’ Prepare for a lawsuit, GOP leader says

March 31, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey defends process to build tunnel around oil pipeline and says Attorney General Dana Nessel ‘consistently tries … to upset what has been passed into law.’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer halts action on Line 5 tunnel

March 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gretchen Whitmer’s move follows a legal opinion from fellow Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel, who issued a legal opinion claiming the creation state authority to oversee the tunnel is unconstitutional.

 

Surging costs cause some Michigan cities to rethink recycling programs

March 27, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Westland now sends recyclables to landfills, and other communities face hard choices as the market crashes. Tossing any old thing into the recycling bin is partially to blame.

Michigan environment roundup: Cherry farmers brace for killer bacteria

March 27, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Whitmer orders Michigan to set PFAS standards, setting up clash with GOP

March 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gretchen Whitmer directs state regulators to set limits on how much of the chemical is unsafe for waterways. Doing so could help enforce cleanups, but some Republican leaders say feds should take the lead.

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