Air pollution, which causes asthma and other respiratory problems, is responsible for increased hospitalizations and premature deaths in Michigan every year. In fact, Michigan has one of the highest asthma rates in the country.
Coal-fired power plants, where the largest slice of our electricity is generated, are the biggest culprit behind our polluted air. Automobiles, waste incinerators, refineries and other industrial sources also emit a range of toxins into our air and cost us billions in excess healthcare costs.
MEC and allies are leading efforts to cut down on air pollution from energy production, transportation, industry and other sources. We’re also calling on state and local leaders to accelerate our transition to clean energy.