Michigan desperately needs energy legislation to install more efficient use—the best bet per dollar spent—and spark investment in renewables. Both will create good jobs here and stop the hemorrhage of billions of dollars a year for out-of-state coal.
Far cheaper in the long run than coal or nuclear, renewable energy is our only real hope of achieving energy independence and mitigating the effects of global warming.
Renewables are an investment in a bright and secure future; their value as energy is far greater than any fossil fuel or nuclear option can ever be.
A process called Integrated Resource Planning (IRP), which measures the real and sometimes hidden life-cycle costs of each alternative is the only way to ensure consumers the most benefit for their dollars.
Current legislation in the House is close to fulfilling the promise of energy efficiency and renewables by requiring IRPs. Don't be duped by utility shills like Cox: coal and nuclear will cost you far more, even if they don't kill your kids . . . slowly.
Phil Shepard, Professor Emeritus Michigan State University
March 26, 2008