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MEC In the News

“Frankly, our state has been too slow to recognize a new reality: A modern transportation system is a necessary ingredient for a thriving economy. To attract and retain a talented workforce—which Gov. Snyder has said is ’probably the single most important issue’ for Michigan’s economic future—we need to provide 21st century transportation options.”
—Chris Kolb in a Nov. 13 guest column in Bridge Magazine on the need for comprehensive transportation funding

“It is stunning that Michigan is on the brink of prohibiting our state’s resource professionals from actively identifying and protecting diverse, healthy ecosystems and native plants and animals. It’s an anti-science bill that sends exactly the wrong message about our state’s priorities and values, and threatens Michigan’s reputation as a state that promotes and protects our forests, wildlife and outdoor recreation.”
—Brad Garmon in a Dec. 18 MLive.com story on the legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 78

“Part of it is coal refuse, the by-products of burning coal. Also included would be scrap tires and railroad ties. Some of these are hazardous wastes, and therefore emit air toxics when they are burned. This is as far as we can imagine from what people think of as renewable energy.”
—James Clift in a Dec. 9 Detroit Free Press story on proposed legislation to expand the state’s definition of “renewable” fuels to include hazardous waste

“For a strong manufacturing sector, we need an energy strategy that keeps costs down, minimizes the risk of price spikes, promotes economic development and preserves excellent reliability. Making energy efficiency and renewable power the foundation of our energy policy will achieve those goals while also protecting public health and the environment—themselves core components of a thriving economy.”
—Kolb in an Oct. 23 opinion piece invited by the Detroit News to outline the best energy policies for a thriving manufacturing sector

“I don’t think there’s support within their caucus to move this legislation. It’s the minority point of view. A majority of members in the legislature see the benefits of renewable energy.”
—Clift in an Oct. 7 Midwest Energy News story on an attempt to repeal Michigan’s renewable energy standard

“We think it is a strong bill and want to see it go all the way.… Holland is setting a great example in establishing its clean energy program. I honestly think it is one of the better examples in the country right now.”
—Sarah Mullkoff in a Nov. 30 Holland Sentinel story on legislation to allow municipal utility customers to pay back energy-efficiency upgrades on their power bills

“If you look at kind of the historic evidence, what you’ll find is that industry always claims that these regulations are going to have devastating impacts. And then when kind of really forced to comply with them, the numbers are always lower and the impact is always less.”
—Clift in a Nov. 17 MLive.com article on proposed federal ozone standards

“It provides a mechanism to make sure utilities are considering all costs of energy sources when they make investments. We think renewable power will speak for itself.”
—Andy McGlashen in a Nov. 18 MIRS News story on energy legislation that would require utilities to submit three-year energy supply plans

“One of the big problems with our current regulatory process is that health care costs and damages aren’t considered at all. That in no way gets considered in this decision-making process. We would like to see a path forward that controls costs, limits risks, protects the environment and creates economic development. We think if we looked at all those criteria, we would clearly be closing a lot more coal capacity.”
—Clift in a Nov. 4 Model D article—which also appeared in the Detroit Free Press—on Michigan’s energy future
-Andy McGlashen
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