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Crony Capitalists Take Over Michigan’s Energy Production (Guest: Jason Hayes)

November 18, 2021

Ignoring what is good for Michiganders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is colluding with crony capitalists to force ever greater amounts of intermittent, expensive energy on the electric grid while restricting the use of fossil fuels.

Ignoring what is good for Michiganders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is colluding with crony capitalists to force ever greater amounts of intermittent, expensive energy on the electric grid while restricting the use of fossil fuels. This is bad for people and the environment.

The reliable, inexpensive energy fossil fuels provide are critical to economic progress, a fact Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seems to be ignoring. Whitmer is pushing, in collusion with crony capitalists, to force ever greater amounts of intermittent, expensive energy on the electric grid while restricting the use of fossil fuels. Whitmer is trying to shut down existing pipelines and force fossil fuel and nuclear power plants to close, with the stat promising utilities a 10 percent profit on new construction for wind and solar. This is bad for people and the environment. Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy for the Mackinac Center, is fighting against this blatant abuse of government power. Hayes shows how free-markets protect both the environment and peoples' economic well-being better than authoritarian mandates.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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Jason Hayes is the director of Environmental Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
hayes@mackinac.org @jasonthayes