Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Teachers' union backs renewable energy ballot initiative

LANSING -- American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Michigan has joined a growing list of groups endorsing a ballot proposal to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025. The proposal means reduced air pollution and improved public health.

AFT Michigan, which represents 35,000 members who work in preschools, K-12, colleges and universities, announced its endorsement during a meeting in Detroit this week.

"Our members support the thousands of jobs and billions in investment this ballot initiative will mean for our state," said AFT Michigan President David Hecker. "Generating more clean energy will help power our homes, schools and businesses, will reduce pollution and improve public health for our children."

Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs is currently collecting petition signatures to put the 25 by 2025 standard before voters in November. More than 20 other states have higher renewable energy standards than Michigan at this point.

Mark Fisk -- spokesman for Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs -- commended members of AFT Michigan for their endorsement of the 25 by 2025 campaign.

"AFT Michigan members are preparing our children for the 21st century economy and we’re excited they’ve joined in our efforts to promote the renewable energy sector in our state," Fisk said. "This ballot proposal will be a game-changer for Michigan’s economy."

More information on the ballot initiative can be found at

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