MARQUETTE - Federal legislation moving through Congress could be beneficial to Michigan's economy and environment.
It is called The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, and it aims to create new clean energy jobs, save consumers dollars in energy costs, enhance America's energy independence and cut global warming pollution.
"Fundamentally, it's about jobs and ensuring energy efficiency and engery independence for Michigan," said Mark Neisler, global climate change specialist with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. "There is a report that said up to 67,000 jobs in Michigan can be created through investments in renewable energy."
Neisler has been touring Michigan to promote the act that he said could bring Michiganders energy usage rebates, energy efficiency rebates for green homes, green jobs and assistance for workers transitioning into new professions related to renewable technology.
"Since the year 2000, 209,000 people have left Michigan, looking for jobs elsewhere because of the economy," Neisler said. "It's significant that this legislation could encourage those people to stay here."
The act addresses four critical areas:
Neisler said he has talked to U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, about the legislation.
"He expressed his desire to stay strong on his leadership of this act," Neisler said.
People interested in helping to promote the act should first educate themselves on the issue and then let their elected officials know how they feel about it, Neisler said.
"Another thing they can do is spread the word among their friends," he said.