In Michigan, families depend on competitive energy rates to fuel the states’ rebounding economy. Coal provides over 50 percent of the energy that powers Michigan homes, businesses and schools.
Governor Rick Snyder has recently spoken in favor of raising the renewable energy mandate for electricity – making coal production more costly. Mandates of this kind can cause electricity rates to increase, which is why Michigan voters recently said no to exactly this kind of regulation. With the American auto industry starting to recover, it’s economically irresponsible to enact laws that make manufacturing more expensive in Michigan.
These policies would hit the 2.1 million Michiganders earning less than $50,000 a year the hardest – families who already spend 23 percent of their income on energy.
In a time when jobs are starting to return to Michigan, it’s imperative for the state to focus on job creation. Coal provides reliable, affordable electricity for the manufacturing industry allowing good jobs to return to Michigan.
Our nation’s leaders need to concentrate on getting the American economy back on track. Overreaching regulations are taking this country down the wrong path – which is why Michigan voters already have said no to this approach.