The following is a letter to the editor that was sent to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
I was pleased to attend the energy forum in Grand Rapids on Feb. 25. It was exciting to so many participants rooting for clean energy.
Michigan needs a long-term energy plan that creates jobs for Michigan workers and sparks new businesses right here in Michigan. It’s my hope Governor Rick Snyder’s energy forums across the state result in this long-term plan.
Increasing Michigan’s use of renewable energy, like wind and solar, and energy efficiency will get our economy back up and running. It will also reduce dangerous pollution in our air and water. Our Great Lakes benefit from this too.
I also support using more renewable energy and energy efficiency because it helps rein in rising energy costs. Neighboring Midwest states like Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois have stronger energy efficiency and renewable energy policies than Michigan and they’re reaping the benefits.
It’s time for Michigan to do the same so we can get those much-needed jobs here.
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