July 30, 2014

SIERRA CLUB COMMENDS MARK SCHAUER’S JOBS PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 30, 2013

Contact:
Mike Berkowitz, Mike.Berkowitz@sierraclub.org, 248-345-9808

SIERRA CLUB COMMENDS MARK SCHAUER’S JOBS PLAN
Proposal Calls for Substantive Clean Energy Policy

LANSING - Today, the Sierra Club applauded Michigan candidate for Governor Mark Schauer’s newly proposedjobs plan. Schauer’s proposal calls for raising Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent of state’s electricity by 2035, a move that would protect the Great Lakes and create thousands of jobs at the same time. It also calls for increasing Michigan’s energy optimization standard to two percent a year to help reduce electricity costs for homeowners and businesses.

Statement from Mike Berkowitz, Legislative Director of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter:
Mark Schauer’s goal of Michigan getting 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources and increasing energy efficiency confronts our state’s current inertia on clean energy policy. This highlights a clear disparity between Schauer and Governor Rick Snyder, who has yet to propose a substantive energy policy or timeline.  Mark Schauer is ready to move Michigan forward.“
Statement from Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Director:
“Michigan’s past is vested in dirty coal, that much is certain.  The direction Mark Schauer is offering will make sure that Michigan is in the lead, ensuring that as we move in a cleaner direction we also benefit from the jobs that harnessing, building and delivering clean energy bring. We applaud Schauer’s leadership and vision on an issue so important to Michigan’s future.”
The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 160,000 members and supporters in Michigan.

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