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Jason Hayes

Director of Environmental Policy

Jason Hayes is the director of environmental policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. He holds a Master of Environmental Design (Environmental Science) degree from the University of Calgary, a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia and a Technical Diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Selkirk College.

From Jason Hayes

Michigan Is Not a Windy State

The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear … more


Extreme Cold Highlights Our Need for Better Energy Options

Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper After All

Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature … more

We Don’t Do Party Politics

Tipping the Scales on Solar

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions … more

Allow Competition in Infrastructure Upgrades

Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone … more

EPA Administrator Pruitt to 'Unravel' Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course … more

Public Service Commission actions threaten electric choice in Michigan

MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets … more

Cutting Federal Great Lakes Funding Would Not Be an Environmental and Economic Crisis

Change In Regulations On Electricity Markets Could Hit Schools

State of Michigan’s Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge

Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy … more

Anti-Pipeline Groups Refuse to Accept Test Results

Paris Was a Bad Deal for the US

Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out … more

The Double Standard in Environmental Protection: A Reprise

Delving further into sewage system failures … more

The Risks and Rewards of Line 5 and Fossil Fuels

Do Renewables Really Make Economic Sense?

Let’s find out by letting them compete in a free market … more

Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched

Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires … more

False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program

Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity? … more

Out, Out, Brief Candle!

Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth? … more

Fueling our Economy by Digging with Spoons

The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan

Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board … more

HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency

This should be ‘science 101’ … more

Environmental Policy Initiative

Guiding Principles … more

Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data

Fake news, meet settled science … more

Michigan Lame-Duck Energy Policy

The Pruitt EPA Nomination

When worldviews clash … more

2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy

Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws … more

Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund

Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt … more

Protecting Electricity Choice

2016 Michigan Energy Roundup … more

2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Legislature Writes Obama Utility Scheme Into Michigan Law

A quick summary of new energy regulations … more

Trump’s Election Could Change Michigan’s Electricity Outlook

Lawmakers should pause plans to end electricity choice … more

Don’t Impose Granholm-era Mandates on Michigan Energy

With new federal regulations likely, legislators should wait on energy reform … more

Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills … more

Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy

The election results results could mean a different future for electricity … more

The Double Standard in Environmental Protection

Climate Activists Endanger Lives by Tampering with Pipelines

As winter approaches, fossil fuels keep us warm … more

Michiganders Want Electricity Choice But Bill Would End It

Op-ed published in Bridge Magazine … more

Introducing the Environmental Policy Initiative

What is 'Electricity Choice'?

11,000 customers are waiting for it … more

Markets, Not Politicians, Slow State Oil and Gas Production

From 'obscene profits' to 'obscene losses' … more

Praise, Not Criticism for Companies That Follow Rules

Op-ed on Mackinac pipeline published in MLive … more

Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT … more

You Have My Permission to Speak … Unless