Wind power on the Great Lakes. Photo via Wind Power Ninja
Michigan has one of the bolder plans to fight climate change out of any state in the nation--drawn up last year, it looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a solid 20% below 1990 levels. That's far, far more than the climate bill that passed the House last summer pledges. And there's more good news--a recent study from the independent Center for Climate Strategies shows that the environment won't be the only winner in the deal. The state will create an additional 129,000 jobs and add $25 billion to its gross product by implementing the climate plan. Here's how they'll do it. The plan would also lower prices for home energy sources, according to the LA Times, like electricity, oil, and natural gas. All of which appears to create a win-win-win situation for the recession-stricken state. For those unfamiliar with Michigan's climate action plan--and that's probably most of us--here's a quick rundown from the LA Times:
Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2007 established the Michigan Climate Action Council, consisting of academic experts and representatives of industry, environmental groups and government agencies. The council last February recommended 54 steps to reduce the state's contribution to climate change. Most involved greater use of alternative energy and stepped-up efficiency in manufacturing, farming, transportation and other sectors.After the steps were unveiled, further action was taken as well: 2008 legislation required that 10% of Michigan's energy come from renewable sources, and mandated an efficiency code in the state's utilities. The benefits will be numerous.
Back in the beginning of 2009, Obama was fond of saying that the country's economic crisis was in fact a major opportunity. Michigan, for one, appears to have taken that sentiment to heart. The state was hard hit by the recession, with soaring unemployment rates and fiscal woes following the fall of the auto industry. It now appears determined to become a major player in the clean energy economy. If it succeeds, it could become an important model for other states--and perhaps the federal government--to follow.
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