During his State of the Union address on January 28, President Obama reaffirmed the fundamental reasoning behind the nation’s “all of the above” energy strategy—reasoning that aligns well with the commonsense approach the Alliance for Michigan Power advocates for at the state level.
Balancing Economic and Environmental Concerns
Like Michigan, the nation is still recovering economically, and the President emphasized how a smart approach to energy allows for new jobs to be created through innovation, while protecting existing jobs and supporting economic recovery.
Michigan’s 2008 comprehensive energy law has put our state on the right track by taking such an approach. Commonsense policy has allowed for a steady pace of integrating wind and other renewables into our energy strategy while minimizing economic risks.
Focus on the Role of Natural Gas
“The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” the President explained. “One of the reasons why is natural gas.”
We’ve also discussed the merits of natural gas recently, and we agree that natural gas will play an important role in Michigan’s energy future. While natural gas isn’t renewable, it is very clean-burning, and its growing accessibility will help ensure reliability by diversifying our energy portfolio while we continue to pursue renewables and other innovations.
“One of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy.”
Just as a focus on domestic energy has helped create jobs for the nation as a whole, a focus on energy produced and delivered by Michigan workers will help us continue to create jobs in our state. In addition, locally produced energy is more reliable, which benefits all of our local businesses and industries, as well as our families and communities.