Majority Of Michigan Voters Support 25% Renewable Energy Target

This election season, Michigan may turn out to be one of the most important states for renewable energy in the U.S.

In November, voters will have the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment that will increase Michigan’s renewable electricity targets from 10 percent by 2015 to 25 percent by 2025.

Now, a new poll finds that a majority of Michiganders support increasing renewable energy in the state. According to a survey of likely voters conducted by a variety of news outlets in the state, 55 percent would vote “yes” for more clean energy.

Adam Browning, Executive Director of the Vote Solar Initiative, explains the significance of the Michigan ballot initiative:

A good win here can have a civilizing effect on the national dialogue. Over the past year, renewable energy has been politicized to an extent never before seen. In Michigan, renewables have bi-partisan support.  Saul Anuzis, former chair of the Michigan GOP, wrote an extraordinary letter of support, making the conservative case for the cause (it’s a must-read). A good showing will help demonstrate that polarization is bad politics.

Finally, success begets success, and this can help pave the way for wins elsewhere. Poll after poll shows that the vast majority of Americans want to see a transition to renewable energy. Indeed, a good clean energy ballot initiative has never lost — voters in Colorado, Washington, and Missiouri all passed state renewable standards, despite being outspent by opponents. When the people lead, politicians will eventually follow.

A number of groups, including Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, have vowed to weaken or repeal state-level renewable energy targets.

However, this is inconsistent with what people actually want. According to a poll from the nonpartisan Civil Society Institute, 76 percent of Americans say they support “a reduction in our reliance on nuclear power, natural gas and coal, and instead, launch a national initiative to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

In addition, 77 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “The energy industry’s extensive and well-financed public relations, campaign contributions and lobbying machine is a major barrier to moving beyond business as usual when it comes to America’s energy policy.”

2 Responses to Majority Of Michigan Voters Support 25% Renewable Energy Target

  1. BillD says:

    Given that the spending by the fossil fuel industry and supporters is so high (4:1 advantage) it’s great that most Americans still agree on the importance of moving toward renewable energy. I don’t listen to much network TV. Maybe the anti-environment ads are just not taking. Maybe the electorate is starting to ignore these ads with onimous tones blaming Obama and/or green energy for current and future woes. Here in Indiana, Joe Donnelly, who must be the most conservative Democrat running for Senate is constantly accused of being “the worst of the Big liberals in Washington” for his very conservative, bipartisan record in the House. Hopefullly money does not buy as many votes as they hope. Still, there is a concern when falsehoods are endlessly repeated without reply.

  2. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    The mainstream media is becoming increasingly irrelevant and they only have themselves to blame. Given the dearth of climate change information in the media it is surprising how well informed people are.

    It is a tragedy that comedy shows have more reliable news than the actual news. A TV show about news gives a better picture than the news.

    So much that is wrong gets into the news broadcasts. The facts are wrong, the context is wrong.

    So much just does not even get into the news.

    It is heartening to see that so many are at least partially informed. Enough to know that a change of course is necessary.