Governor Snyder forges energy and environment strategy environmentalists say lacks specifics
Governor Rick Snyder Photo: mlive.com
Patrick Center November 29, 2012 | WGVU
Governor Rick Snyder spoke from the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners. The governor told the audience the starting point for any discussion on energy and the environment is energy efficiency.
“The smartest thing we can do to begin with is how can we do better at not needing the energy to begin with because we’re doing better practices.”
He explained the value of the Michigan Saves program.
“It started with some public dollars going into it but now it’s actually leveraging private financial institutions making loans to families and people to be more energy efficient.”
Efficient and clean the governor favors natural gas over coal and increasing renewable alternative energy targets through the legislature. Governor Snyder also explained natural gas production through the controversial fracking process is done right in Michigan due to stricter regulation. The Sierra Club’s Anne Woiwode isn’t so sure about that.
“It’s not clear to us that there’s been ongoing monitoring to make sure in fact that no contamination has occurred.”
Progress Michigan held a conference call after the governor’s energy and environment message. Jim Dulzo, Senior Energy Policy Specialist with Michigan Land Use Institute says the governor needs to lead and be specific.
“Set a strong goal, two percent or more per year in efficiency gains like a lot of other states are already doing and then pull together utilities, government officials, residents, businesses, have them knock heads and figure out the best way to do it.”
The governor expressed a desire to do that next year. He’ll also Co-chair the Council of Great Lakes Governors. There he intends to take up the invasive species issue, and in particular, focus on a federal government partnership to stop the progress of Asian carp.
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