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Clean Energy Future

The shift to clean energy in Michigan is well underway - our biggest challenge is to make sure that politicians in Washington, in Lansing and in our hometowns don't block our clean energy future. Michigan became a national leaders in clean energy investments in recent years. More than 100,000 jobs have been created and $10 billion invested in solar component manufacturing, advanced batteries, wind turbine construction, energy efficiency and more.

But Governor Snyder and Michigan Congressional and Legislative leaders seem determined to turn back Betz wind turbinesthe clock - threatening not only new and expanding good clean energy jobs and our competitiveness as a state, but promoting dirty energy like coal and nuclear power that threaten our children, the Great Lakes, and Michigan's future.

Michigan needs a clean energy future that starts with increasing our energy efficiency so we can do more with less dollars. We need to build more clean energy components here, and deploy them here to produce our own renewable energy here instead of sending train car loads of dollars out of state to buy dirty coal and oil.  Michigan has some of the best wind power opportunities in the country, and a huge potential for solar power as well.  Our children need Michigan to get Beyond Coal now, from transitioning away from MSU's coal plant, the largest on-campus coal plant in the country, to dumping the expensive and dangerous plans for new coal plants in our state.  And it is well past time for Michigan to "say no" to a new nuclear power plant.

Michigan has a good head start in making the transition to a clean energy economy that will eliminate toxic mercury and global warming gases and protect our health, while making our energy of the future affordable and keeping good jobs in Michigan. There are many ways for you to get involved, from adopting clean energy yourself to joining our lobby days at the state capitol!

Please join us in the effort to build a clean energy future for Michigan.


Beyond Coal
A national campaign to replace dirty coal with clean energy. Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs.

Holland Beyond Coal
The Holland Board of Public Works was pursuing expansion of the municipal utility's coal fired power plant. Sierra Club members in Holland stopped this plan! Clean energy alternatives will protect the health and well-being of the residents for generations to come.

Biofuels and Biomass in Michigan
Sierra Club calls on state and federal agencies to stop funding the Frontier Renewable Resources project. Michigan is fortunate to have abundant forests and farmland. As such, our state is of keen interest to developers of biomass and biofuel projects. While our country needs to move forward with research and development of appropriate biofuel-based energy sources, it must be done with care and a guarantee of sustainability. Currently, however, Michigan is rushing forward to use tax dollars to subsidize projects that are both economically and environmentally unsustainable.

Clean Energy
In October Michigan took its first, long overdue step toward a green energy future and fighting climate change. Governor Granholm signed into law Public Acts 286 & 295 establishing requirements for energy efficiency and renewable electric generation of all electric providers in Michigan. While this was a good start, Michigan has much more to do to assure that we are creating both a clean energy future and the economic benefits this can bring. Find out more and how you can get involved in Energy 2!

Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots
Michigan is currently at a crossroads to secure our economic and energy future. Bold, immediate leadership is required to bring new industries to Michigan—including clean, alternative energy sources like advanced batteries, wind and solar power—before other states position themselves as leaders and draw investment in these emerging industries. By acting now, we can make Michigan a leader and make clean energy the profitable kind of energy.

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