Union of Concerned Scientists - Renewable Energy
Mr. Sam Gomberg and Nancy Cole of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a group that advocates environmental solutions, visited HFCC on October 25 to discuss renewable energy in Michigan.
Gomberg and Cole addressed problems with Michigan such as money leaving the state for imported coal that totals to $1.3 billion. Coal pollutes the air, causing heat waves and creating an unhealthy place to live. There are 33 locations in Michigan for coal plants. Because coal plants are built near Michigan’s lakes, they affect the lakes by decreasing water levels and changing shorelines
“I like Michigan because it has the potential to be the leader of renewable energy, since it has so much resources that can produce efficient of energy,” said Gomberg.
Natural gas was also discussed along with the fact that coal plants are beginning to rust and money is saved by making natural gas plants rather than rebuilding coal plants. As of today, companies use 35% of coal and 23% of natural gas.
“Coal power plants have done their job and have served us for more than 30 years and now it’s time for a change,” said Gomberg.
USC claims that Proposal 3 would establish a standard for renewable energy, requiring electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar, etc.) by 2025. It would require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.
“This is the only way to make the officials listen and to move on,” Gomberg said.
The Union of Concerned Scientists was established in 1969 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a non-profit organization that strongly believes in creating a safer, hazard-free environment and a healthy world. It combines independent scientific research and citizen action to secure responsible policies.