Elections do have consequences. MIRS reports that Michigan House Democrats in their first press conference for the 96th Legislature
called for the creation of clean coal-fired power plants as one of their top three
priorities. House Minority Leader Richard Hammel and House Democrats should be
applauded for breaking with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the
environmental lobby, who have launched a war on energy by consistently opposing
the use of coal to generate electricity. The Obama administration has initiated
a series of Environmental Protection Agency rulemakings that will make coal-fired
power plants much more expensive to operate, causing energy costs to increase
for both businesses and consumers.
Michigan would reap environmental benefits from the
construction of new clean coal-fired power plants, which have less air
emissions than the aging power plants they would replace. Coal will need
to play a major role in providing baseload electricity needs in the state
for the foreseeable future. The construction of new clean coal-fired power
plants in the state will provide thousands of good-paying construction and
operation jobs while ensuring that state households and businesses have an
affordable and reliable source of energy.
is encouraging that both Democrats and Republicans may be able to agree on the
need to get rid of the cumbersome regulatory procedures regarding coal-fired
power plants put in place by former Gov. Granholm. However, action by the Legislature is not necessary, as Gov. Rick Snyder has the ability to issue an
executive order removing the previous governor's obstacles to siting coal-fired power plants. Gov. Snyder should act quickly.
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