Resolution Supporting A Higher Renewable Energy Standard, Creating Michigan Jobs

WHEREAS: A ballot proposal will be presented to the people of Michigan in the November 2012 election seeking to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025, an increase from the current 10 percent by 2015; and,

WHEREAS: Renewable energy represents one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the global economy, surpassing all expectations in 2011 and generating more than $260 billion in new investments, with the United States taking the lead in this field from China, with even more growth expected around the world in coming years; and,

WHEREAS: A higher renewable standard of 25 percent by 2025 in Michigan is expected to create more than 44,000 good Michigan jobs, many of them involving the working men and women who make up our membership and who are highly skilled, highly trained and read to compete with any worker anywhere in the world; and,

WHEREAS: Michigan cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while other states and countries seize new growth opportunities and new jobs in the renewable energy sector; and,

WHEREAS: This ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025 also contains strong protections for consumers, by ensuring that utilities o not increase rates more than 1 percent in any given year, so rate-payers – both families and businesses – pay at most around $1.25 a month more for the renewable energy portion of their electricity bill, ultimately reining in high energy costs in the long run; and

WHEREAS: This ballot proposal is a golden opportunity to diversity Michigan’s energy profile so our state can call on a wide range of energy generation resources; and

WHEREAS: Investing in more renewable energy will also help diversify Michigan’s economy, especially Michigan’s manufacturing sector, attracting new investments and opening the door for companies and workers to innovate and diversify so they can truly compete in the 21st Century energy economy; and

WHEREAS: This ballot proposal will also protect the public health, by reducing pollution and using more clean renewable energy, which will help lower rates of asthma, lung diseases and other illnesses.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the members of District 2, mindful of the positive jobs, economic, consumer protection and public health impacts, supports the 2012 ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025, now

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: That District 2 and our members will communicate to our members the importance of this ballot proposal for working families and our state’s economic future.

Adopted March 4, 2012
USW District 2 Conference
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI.