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E-M:/ The "New Energy Future" Platform



 

 

For immediate release:                                       Contacts:

October 4, 2006                                                 Abby Rubley, Environment Michigan

                                                                        (734) 662-9797

                                                                        David Gard, Michigan Environmental Council

                                                                        (517) 487-9539

Rev. Charles Morris, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and MI Interfaith Power & Light Association

                                                                        (734) 284-7727

                                                                       

 

Over 60 Candidates Support “New Energy Future” Platform

New report finds energy plan would save 900 million tons of coal per year

 

Wyandotte & Lansing, Mich.—Standing in front of a solar and wind powered church and in the Capitol, Environment Michigan and a network of faith-based, labor, business and environmental allies announced the first steps in a far-reaching effort calling on state and congressional candidates to support moving Michigan beyond fossil fuels and toward a cleaner energy future.

 

Michigan has the know-how to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and move toward a cleaner, more secure energy future,” said Abby Rubley, Field Organizer with Environment Michigan.  “We need leaders who have the political will to support putting our national security, environment, global climate, and children’s futures above the energy industry’s interests.”

 

Michigan’s energy problems are mounting.  From 1960-2001, Michigan’s energy consumption tripled while population grew by only 26 percent.  Since Michigan imports 100% of its coal, 100% of its uranium, 96% of its oil and 75% of its natural gas, energy consumption not only has direct costs to residents and consumers, but also represents a drain on Michigan’s economy.  Michiganders annually spend over $20 billion importing energy (nearly 5% of the state’s GSP). 

 

As a response to this impending crisis, Environment Michigan is calling on all state and federal candidates to deliver on the promise of a New Energy Future by supporting policies that help Michigan and the rest of the country achieve three key goals:

  • Harness clean, renewable, homegrown energy sources for at least one quarter of all energy needs by 2025;
  • Save energy with high performance homes, buildings and appliances so that by 2025 we use 10 percent less energy than we do today; and
  • Commit $5 billion over the next 10 years to clean energy ventures that would catapult Michigan into a national energy leader.

Environment Michigan has already received over 60 signatures from candidates on the New Energy Future platform.

 

Today, Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center released a report today showing the benefits of these policies.  According to the report, achieving these goals by 2025 would enable the United States to:

  • Save 900 million tons of coal per year, or about 80 percent of all the coal consumed in the United States in 2005.
  • Save 1.7 billion megawatt-hours of electricity per year, 30 percent more than was used in all the households in America in 2005.
  • Save 9.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year, nearly twice as much as currently used in all of America’s homes.
  • Save 10.8 million barrels of oil per day, equal to four-fifths of the amount of oil we currently import from all other nations in the world.

 

“The potential payback from these efforts is tremendous,” said David Gard, Energy Policy Director with Michigan Environmental Council.  “The result will be a cleaner, more sustainable foundation on which to build Michigan’s economy for the 21st century,” continued Gard.

 

Over the next six weeks, Environment Michigan will work with allied groups across the country to build support for the goals of the New Energy Future.  “The response to stopping global warming and moving toward clean energy within the religious community has been tremendous,” said Reverend Charles Morris, Director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.  “Just this week, 80 congregations in Michigan have shown or will show The Inconvenient Truth as part of our energy education and outreach effort.”

 

“The time has come for Michigan to build a stronger economy by leading the country in the creation of new, clean energy,” said Daniel Leland, Field Organizer for Environment Michigan.  “Doing so will reinvigorate our economy, create the jobs of today and tomorrow, save consumers money, and protect our environment.  It’s up to candidates for public office to make the promise of a New Energy Future a reality.”

 

The full text of the report and the New Energy Future state and federal platform are available at www.environmentmichigan.org or upon request.  The list of candidates who have signed onto the platform so far is also available upon request.

 

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Environment Michigan - a statewide, citizen-based, non-profit, non-partisan environmental advocacy organization - is the new home of PIRGIM’s environmental work.  www.environmentmichigan.org