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Posted on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 11:34 a.m.

Republicans for Environmental Protection endorses Rick Snyder in gubernatorial primary race

By Ryan J. Stanton

The Michigan Chapter of Republicans for Environmental Protection today announced its endorsement of Rick Snyder for governor.

The group called Snyder, the self-professed "tough nerd" from Ann Arbor, the only GOP candidate with both commonsense solutions to Michigan’s problems and a dedication to protecting the state’s natural resources.


Rick Snyder told an Ann Arbor crowd earlier this year that he considers himself a "good green Republican," a message that led to his latest endorsement.

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“Rick Snyder stands well above the crowded field for the Republican nomination in both his desire to protect Michigan’s natural treasures and create jobs for Michiganders,” chapter president Mark Neisler said in a statement.

“His policies on the environment are fully developed and informed by his experience as an entrepreneur and as a leader with The Nature Conservancy," he added. "It is easy to envision him picking up the mantle of William Milliken as Michigan’s next great conservation leader.”

Snyder has said former Michigan Gov. Milliken was a leader he admired. Snyder, who calls himself a "good green Republican," said Milliken worked to frame an important discussion about the environment.

One of the bullet points in Snyder's 10-point plan to reinvent Michigan includes protecting Michigan's environment. He has laid out a plan to preserve Michigan's environment and another plan to protect Michigan from invasive species.

As a native Michigander, Snyder says he knows Michigan's natural resources are some of its most valuable assets. His has stated publicly that Michigan needs to be a leader in the movement toward alternative and cleaner energy.

REP national president Rob Sisson, the former mayor of Sturgis, called Snyder the only candidate who has addressed the connection between Michigan’s environment and its struggling economy.

"Our state’s natural resources support thousands of Michigan small businesses in some of our most important industries, including tourism, outdoor recreation, and agriculture," Sisson said in a statement. "Protecting our natural resources strengthens our economy.”

Republicans for Environmental Protection is a national grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the GOP’s conservation tradition. For more information on the group, visit

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529.



Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 3:08 p.m. disturbed snyder doesnt believe in human-made* global warming. i was 'warming up 'to the guy til then( get it?) * to call it 'anthropological' is a bit inaccurate unless you and snyder mean the hot air of anthropology profs...of whom i'm a retired no offense if so!)


Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 2:35 p.m.

NoSuvfome, Why not? Gov. Granholm could have stopped the mining project. Wisconsin has a law that the mining must be proven not to do environmental damage for 10 years after the mine shuts down before it can be permitted. I think that it's only fair for us to get how Rick would balance environmental concerns and jobs. That being said, I like a lot about Rick, I'd just like answers to questions I left at their office. I spoke to a staffer who was going to get back to me, and never did.


Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 2:06 p.m.

Ben Woodruff, I wouldn't expect Rick Snyder to take a stance on Sulfide Mining in the U.P. Still, he is a Sierra Club member and to the best of my knowledge, not a member of the NRA. I also got a response from his campaign that he does believe in anthropological global warming. That alone makes him unique in the Michigan GOP.


Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 7:48 a.m.

I hope that this group can get an answer from Rick's campaign regarding jobs vs. environment in the cases of Sulfide Mining in the U.P. and Water removal from Mecosta County by Ice Mountain...I could not.


Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 6:54 a.m.

I hope this blog is not used as an example of the success of public education.


Sat, Jul 17, 2010 : 1:18 a.m.

Open your eyes and read the headlines, Fox,CNN,Ect, Do you live in a vacuum fool?


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 9:42 p.m.

Michiganpoorboy, If it wasn't for Obama, we wouldn't have any GM or Chrysler jobs in Michigan. Can you provide some facts to support your rhetoric?


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 9:39 p.m.

Rick Snyder joins Arnold Schwartzeneger and Christie Todd Whitman as the only 3 Republicans that don't think we should: * Fight another war for oil in the Middle East * Send $200 billion a month to countries that don't like us * Leave our children a burned out cinder of Earth Go Rick!

Roy Salinger

Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 9:02 p.m.

The environment should never have been or continue to be a partisan issue. The best way to stop this is to elect more pro-environment republicans to office, much to my dismay. I don't think we have anything to worry about here in A2 though.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 5:30 p.m.

The GOP use to be the party for the environment. I think it is making a comeback though and I applaud Rick for at least standing up and being a green Republican. I hope good environmental policy will become a non-partisan issue.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 5:18 p.m.

there are 'greens' and there are "GREENS"... the latter...the GREEN a once environmentally focussed group that nowadays is primarily an antisemitic, pro jihadist one ( its national presidential candidate, cynthia mckinney,keeps riding those boats that try get arms to hamas through the israeli blockade). simply being 'green however is something we should all do/be, and its refreshing to see a republican candidate less brain-dead on the matter than most in his 'drill baby drill' party nowadays.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 3:03 p.m.

The green libbies are the worst hypocrites in the world they cry Green yet they drive gas hogs and use A/C so they do not sweat when working out. Practice what you preach and maybe some one will take you seriously. Lead buy example like most Conservatives and pay for things when you buy them with the Green stuff that will help the country and economy and maybe you can get a job? Most libbs are full of it so maybe change you all voted for it?


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 2:40 p.m.

Yeah, how much money did he give them? I'm just saying.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 1 p.m.

Its a unknown fact that the countries that have the most wealth also are the one that protect the environment the most. I am glad that the Michigan Chapter of Republicans for Environmental Protection does not say they are non partisan like the groups that only endose Democrats like Rebekah Warren. "Wealth means saving the plant!" Lets go GREEN GREEN!


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 12:41 p.m.

Hes republican, Republicans support big corporations and bankers while making it difficult for small businesses. Republicans lie that is all we need to know. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment and learn the truth and have a wonderful day.


Fri, Jul 16, 2010 : 11:37 a.m.

Our environment is protected as we have no business and the Auto business that was our biggest polluter was gone until Obummer brought the worst polluter back. So you cannot have it both ways eater business polluting or no business and no pollution.