LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer committed Michigan on Wednesday to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The executive actions direct the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to develop a plan to reach the goal, forms a council to shape and review the plan and progress, and pushes the state government to lead by example with sweeping reductions in energy use at state facilities.
In response, Environment Michigan’s State Director Nathan Murphy released the following statement:
“We’re so glad to see Gov. Whitmer take the initiative to get us to zero greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Whitmer joins a growing number of other bold state leaders across the United States who are leading the charge for zero emissions. This new goal will not only drive Michigan toward a cleaner, healthier future, but we also hope it will encourage governors and legislators in neighboring states to jump on the bandwagon.
“As Michigan’s leaders work to put this plan into action, they must remember that clean and renewable energy resources -- such as solar, wind and efficiency and conservation measures -- should take front and center. These options provide the best ways to protect both public health and the state’s green spaces and fragile coastline.”