Debate over Proposal 3 not about renewable energy but constitutional method

Date: October 24, 2012

By Dave Alexander
October 24th, 2012
Story originally published on mlive.com

MUSKEGON, MI – When the proponents and opponents of Proposal 3 to mandate 25 percent renewable energy in Michigan by 2025 gathered for a public forum, renewable energy was not debated.

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The panel at Monday's forum on Proposal 3 sponsored by the Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition represented both sides of the debate over the constitutional provision mandating 25 percent renewable energy in Michigan by 2025.
Photo originally published on mlive.com

The panel at Monday's forum on Proposal 3 sponsored by the Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition represented both sides of the debate over the constitutional provision mandating 25 percent renewable energy in Michigan by 2025.

The two sides of the “25-by-25” proposal divided over methods and tactics. The actual renewable energy technologies and the public policies to support them were pretty much agreed upon at a public forum Monday evening at the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.



A group of 75 citizens heard pro-Proposal 3 advocates argue that a constitutional amendment before Michigan voters Nov. 6 is the only way to push renewable energy development in the state. The opponents of Proposal 3 countered that a constitutional amendment is a terrible way to set complex energy policy in Michigan.

Read more at http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/10/debate_over_proposal_3_not_abo.html

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