Michigan Environmental Report
Another hearing on SB 78, the "anti-biodiversity bill," has been scheduled for Thursday, February 21. Last week's hearing was packed and those who were allowed to testify did a great job. Thank you League of Women Voters, Michigan Botanical Club and others! I have added some commentary below to explain and highlight some issues that were raised there.
Since we love energy efficiency and clean renewable power here at MEC, it is quite appropriate that today - Valentine's Day - is the first of seven public forums on Michigan's energy policy called for by Governor Rick Snyder.
Think of clean renewable energy, and wind turbines and solar panels usually come to mind before energy efficiency. But a Northern Michigan firm has harnessed the growing efficiency market to score national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.
A proposal in Michigan's legislature (SB 78) would needlessly undercut longstanding and important protections that are helping restore Michigan's natural resources and safeguard the genetic diversity of plants and animals managed on state lands.
The ill-advised Pure Michigan Right to Work advertisement is the latest in a string of questionable decisions that suggest the state and in particular, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) don't understand the value of the brand they inherited.
The Lansing State Journal ran a nice article yesterday ("Snyder weighs big changes for Michigan's parks") about the recommendations of the Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel.
A darn good reason for Michigan's utilities to oppose Proposal 3's 25x2025 clean energy standard (as long as you're not a ratepayer)
Our state's big utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, are spending millions to defeat Proposal 3's 25x25 renewable energy standard even though they acknowledge renewables are creating jobs and providing homes and businesses with electricity at costs far cheaper than anticipated.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued another doomsday report recently, claiming that achieving Proposal 3's 25% renewable electricity goal by 2025 would unleash economic Armageddon on our fair state, increasing bills hundreds of dollars annually.