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Whitmer directs state to become carbon neutral by 2050

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 15:46:51-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive Wednesday that puts Michigan on a path to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2050.

The directive also requires the state to aim for a 28 percent reduction below 1990 levels in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, according to a news release.

The goal is to protect the environment, economy and public health – all of which are interconnected – for years to come.

“The science is clear – climate change is directly impacting our public health, environment, our economy and our families,” Whitmer said. “This dangerous reality is already causing harm throughout Michigan, with communities of color and low-income Michiganders suffering disproportionately, which is why I’m taking immediate action to protect our state. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to leave them a cleaner, safer and healthier world.”

Whitmer says taking advantage of the ongoing global energy transformation will generate new jobs for a skilled workforce and ultimately bring savings to communities and utility customers – along with saving the natural environment.

The directive also requires the Department of Treasury to develop and implement an Energy Transition Impact Project.

It will help communities maintain critical services and ensure high quality employment during the transition.

Under the leadership of the Office of Climate and Energy, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will develop an action plan for the transition to carbon neutrality throughout the economy.

New state buildings and facilities have already asked to increase energy efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality.

Whitmer will appoint individuals representing a range of sectors, experiences and expertise relevant to this issue.

Those interested in applying for these positions can do so here.