Renewable Energy Standards Campaign Kick-Off Pary
WHAT: The Renewable Energy Standard Ballot Proposal
WHEN: July 19, 2012 from 5-7 PM
WHERE: The Michigan League of Conservation Voters Office
40 Monroe Center NW Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
WHY: Learn how you can help strengthen Michigan's renewable energy standard. Food and refreshments will be served.
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Mom's Clean Air Force Attends Renewable Energy Standards Press Conference in Grand Rapids
Today, Moms Clean Air Force Field Organizer, Starla McDermott, attended a press conference at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. The press conference was organized by the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs group to announce their success in obtaining enough needed signatures to get a Renewable Energy Standard onto this November’s ballot. Today over 530,000 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of the State in Lansing, MI. They only needed 322,000.
The Renewable Energy Standards, also known as RES, is a ballot initiative, and if passed, would require that 25% of our energy would come from renewable sources - such as wind, solar or even bio-mass - by the year 2025. This ballot proposal is organized by MI Energy Mi Jobs group and supported by many environmentalists, renewable energy manufacturers and labor unions. Grand Rapids Mayor, George Heartwell, spoke eloquently about why he fully supports Michigan having a 25% renewable energy goal by 2025. Rob Sisson, President of the Republican environmental group, ConservAmerica, also attended to demonstrate that this is a bi-partisan issue that is good for the environment and will create thousands of jobs.
Moms Clean Air Force loves 25% by 2025. It means that our Great Lakes will have less mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that harms the developing brains, hearts and lungs of fetuses, babies and toddlers. 25% by 2025 means lower asthma rates for all of us, and a lower risk of lung disease and heart attacks.
This November, Michigan moms and dads will have the chance to vote on the Renewable Energy initiative. Moms Clean Air Force believes that this proposal will strengthen Michigan’s economy and protect the health of our children and our environment.
Politicians in Congress, encouraged by irresponsible corporations and lobbyists for polluters, are trying to gut the Clean Air Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency. They are fighting for the right to pollute our air. Lined up against them to strengthen clean air regulations are some of the most respected medical organizations in the world: The American Lung Association; the American Medical Association; the American Heart Association; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Nurses Association. Now there is another powerful group supporting our right to clean air: Moms Clean Air Force. Moms have passion and power - an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters. Moms are joining together, to come out in strength for our kid's right to clean air - just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, to get The Clean Air Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Moms Clean Air Force is nonpartisan - because clean air is more important than politics. Air pollution isn't just dirty. It is toxic. We show you how pollution connects to disease. Moms will do everything they can to keep their children safe and sound. We look for the healthiest foods we can afford; we avoid toxic chemicals in our products. But there are some things we simply cannot buy. Clean air is one. We need job-creating reguations to assure that our children have clean air right now, and for thier future.