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E-M:/ Energy Efficiency expert Marty Kushler in Free Press "A Sound Way to Limit Coal Plants"

One of the nation’s top experts on energy efficiency who lives right here in Michigan points out the misrepresentations of the pro-coal plant forces here in Michigan, who “don’t have the facts” so are arguing the process -- and getting that wrong too --  






March 5, 2009

A sound way to limit coal plants


There is an old legal and public relations tactic that can be roughly paraphrased as follows: "If you don't have the facts on your side, argue about the process." This is the tactic that political opponents such as the attorney general (who aspires to be governor) and allies of the coal industry have used to attack Gov. Jennifer Granholm's recent executive directive regarding review of power plant air permit applications.

Critics have accused the governor of a "major policy shift" that is a "flip-flop" on the energy legislation passed last fall, as though that legislation was a rubber stamp to build more coal plants.

I'll return to that bogus argument in a moment. But first, let's look at the situation Michigan faces -- facts the governor's critics want to avoid:





Anne M. Woiwode, State Director

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