Michigan to phase out electricity production by coal by 2040

Michigan's Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming. The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then

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Some good news finally

"We believe that climate change is real and we can do our part by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we also believe it doesn't have to cost more to do it. We believe we're going to be on the right side of history on this issue," Patti Poppe ,Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.

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Needs to happen sooner. How about by 2020? Or better make it 2030.

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5 minutes ago, JohnAtronis said:

More jobs moving out of Michigan!

You do realize clean energy is more labor intensive than coal? More jobs moving into Michigan!

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2040? Far from soon enough for consumers energy to be coal free.

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No one is against clean energy, it's just not affordable yet. The more the government mandates it and subsidizes it, the longer it will take to be cost effective. 

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31 minutes ago, Selvedina said:

No one is against clean energy, it's just not affordable yet. The more the government mandates it and subsidizes it, the longer it will take to be cost effective. 

I'm all in favor of clean energy...but only if/when it makes sense. But it still cant survive without subsidies 

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The more the government mandates it and subsidizes it, the longer it will take to be cost effective. In 1980's,  cell phone cost $8 a minute for a brick with a bag. If government got involved, we'd still be using it. Instead, invention and innovation and competition took over. 

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1 hour ago, Joanna said:

Michigan's Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming. The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then

The coal industry will be gone by then anyway. Natural gas and renewables are cheaper and cleaner.

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29 minutes ago, Stephen said:

The coal industry will be gone by then anyway. Natural gas and renewables are cheaper and cleaner.

Clearly Consumers doesn't think so. 

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