Michigan health, business, environmental advocates: Schuette’s effort to block Clean Power Plan is shameful

Friday, October 23, 2015

LANSING—Michigan health, business and environmental advocates from across the state are declaring Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lawsuit to block the Clean Power Plan shameful, wasteful and disappointing.

“When it comes to diseases linked to air pollution, Michigan is one of the worst states in the nation and that’s why it’s shameful that Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to block the Clean Power Plan,” said Kindra Weid, BSN, RN, MPH. “Voters know that the Clean Power Plan will save lives, reduce pollution and protect the health of Michigan seniors, children and families. That’s why they want their elected officials to support, not block, this important public health initiative.”

Research recently released by MI Air MI Health shows broad, bipartisan support for the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution. The research was completed by Public Policy Polling, which was named the most accurate polling firm in the nation during the 2014 election.

“It’s disappointing that Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined this politically-motivated attack on a commonsense plan to reduce pollution and protect our Great Lakes,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “There are plenty of pressing problems facing our state that the Attorney General should be taking on, but fighting against cleaner air and cleaner water is not one of them.”

Key findings of the research include:

  • 68 percent of voters support the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 29 percent who oppose it.
    • This includes support from 92 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents, and 39 percent of Republicans.
  • 67 percent surveyed consider climate change a problem, including 48 percent who say it is a very serious problem.
  • 69 percent of voters would be either more favorable toward or neutral to an elected official that supported and implemented the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 27 percent who would be more negative.

“Brewery Vivant and other Michigan craft brewers understand the importance of taking action on climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a major step forward in reducing pollution and protecting our Great Lakes,” said Kris Spaulding, owner and sustainability director of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. “Businesses rely on renewable energy and energy efficiency now more than ever to save money, drive investment and reduce pollution. Breweries like ours are excited to support an energy plan that can sustain Michigan’s comeback.”

MI Air MI Health and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America—Michigan Chapter recently released new datashowing Michigan ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to asthma rates, deaths from cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and more.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 552 Michigan voters from August 5 to 7 on behalf of the Michigan Public Health Association. The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.2 percent.

Published on October 23, 2015