State Rep. Dave Prestin, of Cedar River, a member of the House Committee on Energy, Communications and Technology, today issued the following statement addressing serious concerns over the Democrats’ proposed energy plan for Michigan:
“This radical plan to go carbon-neutral in such a short span of time would be extremely dangerous and costly for the Upper Peninsula. I have shared our local concerns over this unrealistic agenda to my colleagues on a nearly daily basis. One recent report shows that the plan’s emphasis on electric vehicles and replacing our home appliances with electric alternatives could lead to a staggering 30% increase on our grid’s demands. That would stress an already shaky infrastructure and stretch wallets even thinner at a time when so many folks are already struggling to make ends meet.
“The study’s findings raise significant questions about the practicality and sustainability of the energy proposal. For instance, if we switched to 100% wind-related energy, we would need about 9,700 square miles of windfarms to meet that need – nearly equivalent to the total land area of Alger, Baraga, Dickinson and Marquette counties. This unrealistic proposal suffers from tunnel vision that doesn’t consider reliability, affordability, safety, and conservation. Instead of using best available technology, it doubles down on artificial timelines, government mandates, and an insincere effort to force bad policy.
“I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating – maintaining grid reliability and keeping energy costs low is what matters to the people who elected me to serve them in Lansing. Our state does not have the resources for the Democrats’ rushed plan. We must work together to reach a new, balanced approach instead of helping usher in this careless and unfeasible agenda that will only hamper U.P. residents.”
“The governor signed away the future of the Upper Peninsula to please climate activists, not considering the factories that this will close and the families who will struggle to afford their heat in the middle of winter. Public utilities will be forced to spend millions on preposterous renewable energy credits to become compliant with these radical new laws. These additional expenses will be passed down to consumers who can’t afford their energy bills as it is.”
“These bills are precisely the opposite of what the U.P. and Michigan needs,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “The most urgent need is to reduce costs and increase reliability. Even if the tiny contribution Michigan makes to global emissions mattered, which it doesn’t, this plan will make living and working here harder for our residents.”
“Democrats just spent two weeks passing legislation that will wreak havoc across Michigan. Now, they’re tucking their tails, ignoring their duty to the voters, and running out of town. We are a full-time legislature. It’s been forty years since we’ve adjourned as early as Democrats did this week.”
“Our medical first responders and emergency medical technicians have reached a critical shortage in people interested in doing the work,” Prestin said. “This legislation would allow EMS agencies to advance the next generation of this crucial profession. We already allow high school students to train for these jobs. This package just ensures that those recruits can get into the workforce when they complete their coursework instead of waiting until their eighteenth birthday.”