Episode 73: Right Wing Tries To Repeal Law Allowing Renewable Energy Projects On Family Farms

Here’s Episode 73 of Michigan’s Premier, Progressive Podcast!

As we’ve covered on the show, Michigan Democrats passed a rather robust package of clean energy bills last year. Many of those laws will go into effect later this year, including the 100% clean energy standard by 2040, energy efficient programs, increases in the state’s energy reduction program, and removing the power of local governments to block large clean energy projects and placing that power in the Michigan Public Service Commission. Many right-wing local governments, driven by misinformation and fear, have rejected plan-after-plan to allow wind turbines or solar farms in their areas. This not only hurts the state’s abilities to march towards a cleaner and more efficient energy program of the future (not to mention blocking thousands of green energy jobs), but it hurts family farmers who would allow their lands to be used for these projects.

Montcalm County farmer, and Chair of Patriots for Montcalm, Dick Farnsworth joins me this week to talk about why he and so many other farmers not only want to be part of these projects, but also how these projects will help combat climate change and help them keep their land! Michigan Democrats made that happen while Republicans tried to block it. However, right wing forces, backed by some big money from the fossil fuel industry, have started an effort to repeal this law by collecting signatures so they can put it on this November’s ballot. Mr. Farnsworth and I discuss how he and others are trying to fight back to combat climate change, and save family farms

I open-up the show by talking about how Democrats have been given a great opportunity here in Michigan to show how the many policies they passed are helping hard-working Michiganders. By effectively communicating their achievements, Democrats will help President Biden’s chances in this state.

I close by giving my take on Jon Stewart’s return to The Daily Show, and why I think we as progressives can’t be so thinned-skin when he and other comedians make fun of our side. However, that still doesn’t mean Stewart’s takes are iron-clad, as I discuss.

Take the battle to them!

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Patriots For Montcalm

Who’s behind a ballot initiative to repeal Michigan’s renewable energy siting laws?” By Brian Allnutt of Planet Detroit

‘They don’t own their view’: Michigan farmers seek state control of renewables.” By Sheri McWhirter of MLive.com

Mid-Michigan smacks down wind energy. Will it harm the state’s green plan?” By Ron French of Bridge Michigan

Group aims to repeal key piece of Michigan Democrats’ clean energy package.” By Clara Hendrickson and Arpan Lobo of The Detroit Free Press

New ballot committee seeks to repeal clean energy permitting changes.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Gun reform, tax cuts among dozens of Michigan laws taking effect in February.” By Laura Gibbons of Bridge Michigan

New gun, abortion, prevailing wage, right-to-work repeal laws take effect in Michigan.” By Clara Hendrickson of The Detroit Free Press

Legislation would ‘pull the plug’ on local control of solar/wind project placement.” By Nicole Sevrey of Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Farm Bureau Backs Petition To Repeal Energy Siting Overreach.” By Michigan Farm News (aka Michigan Farm Bureau)

Check Out the Gratiot County Wind Story.” By Greater Gratiot Development, Inc.

Fox News Poll: Biden and Trump in close race in Michigan.” By Dana Blanton of Fox News

Paradegoers recount panic during shooting after Chiefs Super Bowl rally: ‘Everybody started running.’“By Meredith Deliso & Nadine El-Bawab of ABC News

Mary Trump Torches Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ Return: ‘Both Sides Bulls**t’.” By Lee Moran of The Huffington Post

Photo of Breckenridge Wind Farm by Pat Johnston

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