Representative Dave Prestin, R-Cedar River, released a statement today after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed solar siting and clean energy mandate bills into law. Prestin has been an outspoken opponent against this harmful legislation.
“The governor signed away the future of the Upper Peninsula to please climate activists, not considering the factories that this will close and the families who will struggle to afford their heat in the middle of winter. Public utilities will be forced to spend millions on preposterous renewable energy credits to become compliant with these radical new laws. These additional expenses will be passed down to consumers who can’t afford their energy bills as it is.
“Beyond forcing our communities to depend on unreliable energy sources, it takes away local control and gives free reign to large green energy corporations to transform rural areas into a renewable energy credit source for large cities in lower Michigan.
“As the House passed this plan, we watched as some of my colleagues across the aisle labored over their votes. They knew the dangerous impact the legislation would have on their communities. They know Michigan can’t keep the lights on and have 100% clean energy by 2040. They were hearing from concerned residents speaking out against the plan just as I was. Our voices matter. The activists and the special interests may have won, but the U.P. lost.
“This legislative term, we watched Democrats repeal laws that had been passed by Republicans that were in effect for over a decade. What good is a right to work repeal when union members don’t have jobs? We are at serious risk of losing our largest companies, who employ talented tradesmen across the U.P., due to a lack of reliable energy.
“This isn’t the end. There’s nothing stopping the people of our state from banding together to repeal these radical policies rooted in ideology instead of science. We’re going to fight this intentional sabotage of our future. As Yoopers, this our fight. This isn’t a question of ‘if we get this done’, we have to get this done. This law will not stand.”
“A tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is the optimal solution to safeguard the Great Lakes while ensuring vital energy products are continuously provided to residents in Upper and Lower Michigan, as well as communities nationwide,” wrote Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Propane plays an indispensable role in sustaining rural communities, which often lack the energy and sewer infrastructure present in more urbanized areas.”
“I voted no today because the speaker reneged on a promise he made last fall to pass bipartisan legislation in exchange for votes. The agreement happened, handshakes were made, and he has yet to fulfill his end of the bargain. The political games have to end. We are more than willing to work in a bipartisan fashion if Democrats end their blockade and agree to work collaboratively with us on the issues that matter most.”
“Seeing the bipartisan support behind our plan really emphasized the importance of backing EMTs and paramedics as they face critical staffing shortages across the board,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Having served as a first responder for over a decade, I know the devasting impact that staffing shortages can have on medical first responders. Adequate medical resources are nearly non-existent around the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Our plan would begin addressing the issue by allowing EMTs and paramedics to continue training as they begin working and obtaining valuable on the job experience that will really benefit them as they work towards their full licensure.”