Prop 3 offers major health benefits to Michigan, in addition to what it will do for jobs and the environment

Ecology Center mobilizing volunteers to support 25x25

Proposal 3, the initiative to increase Michigan's renewable energy standard (RES) to 25 percent by 2025, will deliver major health benefits to the state, in addition to what it will do to make our environment cleaner and our economy more competitive.

The initiative, which will appear on the ballot Nov. 6, has received widespread, bipartisan support from business leaders, health professionals and labor and environmental groups including the Ecology Center.

Health groups have endorsed the initiative, primarily because of the negative health consequences that result from burning coal to generate electricity.

"Michigan’s outdated coal plants emit dangerous levels of mercury, sulfur dioxide and arsenic, which are linked to heart disease, childhood asthma, lung disease and premature death in children," according to a statement from the Michigan Nurses Association in support of Proposal 3. "Power plant pollution causes 180 premature deaths a year and triggers more than 68,000 asthma attacks."

Earlier this fall, a Michigan State University study said the renewable energy standard will create around 94,000 jobs in construction, operations, maintenance and manufacturing in the state.

"The 25 x 25 proposal will create Michigan jobs, rebuild Michigan manufacturing, protect public health and get Michigan’s economy moving forward again," according to Alexis Blizman, the Ecology Center's legislative and policy director."What's not to like?"

Similar measures have already been adopted in 30 other states, giving them a competitive edge over Michigan in putting their people back to work, Blizman said.

"The utility companies and their supporters have mounted a massive media campaign against the legislation, but we believe that our grass-roots efforts to reach voters will help turn the tide in our favor."

Those interested in joining the effort to support the renewable energy standard should click here.

EcoLink — October 2012 Ecolink
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