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Vote ‘yes’ for Proposal 3

Published 9:50pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To the editor:

I’ve been reading up on Proposal 3, the ballot initiative requiring 25 percent of Michigan’s electricity come from renewables such as wind and solar by 2025.

Prop 3 could keep as much as $2 billion from leaving

Michigan to import coal, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

From 2002-2010, Michigan utilities sent nearly $10.4 billion out of state to import coal.

DTE spent $5.4 billion on out-of-state coal and Consumers Energy $3.2 billion.

On Nov. 6, I plan to vote YES on Prop 3 so more of my hard-earned energy dollars go to support homegrown clean energy projects that benefit Michigan communities, and I urge my neighbors and your readers to do the same.

William Griffin


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  • mike armstrong

    I’m not sure what you have been studying up on but the information that you are using and the rationale as well are faulty. The billions spent on coal will by and large still be spent in order to provide what is known as baseline generation, or a backup for the “renewable” sources when they are offline or not supplying enough. The wind and solar generators will need to be subsidized-by government-in order to keep rates at acceptable levels. Consumers and DTE will certainly not take losses of profits laying down. Codifying this by constitutional amendment is wrong. Vote no.

  • Samuel Taylor

    Clean Coal Technology, is a Myth.
    How about burning Peet Moss, or
    Dried Peet.
    Just as good on Your Lungs as this
    Wizz Bang clean Coal Technology.
    Sam Taylor

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