Tell Gov. Snyder: Michigan's future energy policy should consider health and health care costs.
Governor Snyder recently announced a series of public forums in communities across the state to gather input on Michigan's energy future. Help us remind the Governor that more renewable energy means better health and lower health care costs for Michiganders.
Unhealthy levels of air pollution in Michigan are causing a variety of problems for people’s health and quality of life. For example, recent analysis (1) found that our state’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants emit pollution that is linked to 68,000 cases of asthma exacerbation and 180 premature deaths in Michigan each year. The health costs associated with these emissions add up to well over $1 billion per year in Michigan.
A cleaner and healthier future is possible. If our state adopted policies to reduce harmful pollutants from energy plants and to increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, we would see significant reductions in the number of asthma attacks and premature deaths. We would also significantly lower our health care costs.
Sign the petition below to speak up about the health impact of energy policy! We will deliver all petitions at the final Energy Hearing in April.
(1) [“Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan,” prepared by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. for Michigan Environmental Council, 2011.
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