Dangerous, climate-warming methane escapes during gas production. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that one to nine percent of all produced in the United States escapes into the atmosphere each year, equivalent to the global warming emissions of 35-314 power plants.
Over 250 billion gallons of water have been contaminated with cancer-causing and poisonous chemicals to extract fracked gas. Gas releases even more pollution when burned.
HIGHER ENERGY COSTS
Fracked gas prices are volatile. If we want to meet climate goals, fracked gas is also a very risky bet with LBWL customers' money. With wind and solar prices dropping, there is no guarantee that fracked gas can be a good investment.
A transition to clean energy will add 1 million jobs in the U.S. by 2030 and increase household disposable income by $350-$400 in 2030. In Michigan, the solar industry supported 4,118 jobs in 2016 according to The Solar Foundation.
When analyzing the need for a gas plant, Lansing did not provide information to public interest stakeholders.
There was noticeable dissent from members of Lansing's citizen advisory committee which was tasked with examining the gas plant.
Lansing did not allow outside parties to analyze their work, calling the process into question.
LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
THERE'S A BETTER WAY
Across the U.S. over 50 cities, more than five counties and one state, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. Five cities in the U.S.--Aspen CO, Burlington, VT, Greensburg, KS, Rock port, MO, and Kodiak Island, AK--have already hit their targets. These five cities now generate 100% of the energy used community-wide from clean, non-polluting and renewable sources. A city commitment to 100% renewable energy is a mandate for action.
The time for action is now. We can, and must, move Lansing to 100% renewable energy and away from dangerous energy .
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