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Whitmer to testify before Senate committee on climate change

Courtesy Governor Whitmer's Twitter

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is part of a panel that will testify tomorrow (WED) before a US Senate committee. The topic is climate change and infrastructure.

Extreme weather due to climate change is cited as a factor in the failure last year of dams in Midland and Gladwin counties. That event resulted in massive flooding. It forced thousands of people out of their homes and washed away roads.

That experience will be a focal point of Governor Whitmer’s remarks, said Jeff Cranson with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

“We’ve got to figure out how to build for resiliency and that costs more,” said Cranson.

Whitmer will be part of a panel that also includes Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland. She will be introduced by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.