An Open Letter on Clean Energy and Green Jobs in Michigan
More than 200 Michigan scientists, engineers, economists, and technical and health professionals have signed an open letter in support of ramping up Michigan’s renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025.
The experts say increasing reliance on renewables would help boost the state's economy, create new Michigan jobs that cannot be outsourced, and spark new investments in Michigan—all with minimal costs to consumers. It will also reduce air pollution, improve public health across the state, protect the Great Lakes and other water resources, and help rein in carbon emissions.
The endorsers of the letter are based at a wide variety of institutions, including universities and colleges, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
"It's difficult to power a 21st-century knowledge- and innovation-driven economy with 19th-century technology that is dependent on million-year-old fuel. Renewable energy is a driver of growth for Michigan."
--Charles McKeown, Energy Specialist, Office of the Hannah Professor in Land Policy, Department of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University.
"Clean energy protects the environmment, contributes to economic development and supports healthy communities. All in all, diversifying Michigan's energy portfolio to include more renewable energy just makes sound business sense in today's economy."
--Deborah Steketee, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business, Sustainable Business Program, Aquinas College
"Innovative Michigan businesses realize clean energy is good for their bottom line. By refueling our economy with Michigan's renewable energy, we can keep hard earned dollars in our state that would otherwise leave to pay for imported coal and oil."
--John Patten, Director, Manufacturing Research Center; Professor and Chair, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Western Michigan University
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