Opinion: Letter to the Editor for Nov. 18
I've lived in Ann Arbor my entire life, and I have seen how even the most passionate environmentalists can still use more energy than they need. As a student of environmental studies at U-M, I’ve also learned that Michigan’s current energy portfolio, dominated by fossil fuels, is not sustainable and threatens our environment and health.
Perhaps what’s more surprising is how this situation persists despite the fact that there is no shortage of clean energy sources in Michigan - the power of the wind and the heat of the sun are all around us. Furthermore, we have the technology and know-how to harness it right now. In fact, in Michigan, wind already powers 130,000 homes and supports about 4,000 to 5,000 jobs.
It is high time to build on our progress and set a path forward, but critical clean energy tax credits will expire at the end of this year unless Congress acts. We need to work together to let Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin know that they should support extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and the offshore wind investment tax credit (ITC) as soon as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for Michigan.