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  •  The Michigan renewable energy standard (4+ / 0-)

    was never a zero-greenhouse-gas-emission standard:

    http://www.michigan.gov/...

    There was never any legislative determination that
    "renewable energy"  EQUALS 'no process emission of greenhouse gases' in the original Michigan renewable energy legislation ........so the previous policy didn't
    achieve a state policy declaring that only non-greenhouse gas emitting processes would be considered approve-able under the legislation.....so that previous failure to rein in the renewable definition only led to encouraging the further current ALEC-inspired effort on behalf of fossil fuel and waste gasification industries to be considered as "renewable.'  

    This illustrates a peril of framing when sustainable development isn't a primary part of the frame.

    •  Yep, by searching 'greenhouse gas' there is.. (2+ / 0-)
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      Fuzzytek, LakeSuperior

      ..language that, under the interpretation of a commissioner that is pro-CO2 burning for instance, leaves it open to burning petcoke
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      STATE OF MICHIGAN94TH LEGISLATUREREGULAR SESSION OF 2008
      Introduced by Senators Birkholz, Kahn, Hardiman, Jansen, Switalski and Barcia
      ENROLLED SENATE BILL No. 213

      page 6:

      The commission shall also consider other costs such as transmission, economic benefits, and environmental costs, including, but not limited to, greenhouse gas constraints or taxes. In performing its assessment, the commission may utilize other available data, including national or regional reports and data published by federal or state governmental agencies, industry associations, and consumer groups.
      page 8:
      In determining whether the substitution of advanced cleaner energy credits is cost-effective, the commission shall include as part of the costs of the system the environmental costs attributed to the advanced cleaner energy system, including the costs of environmental control equipment or greenhouse gas constraints or taxes
      page 20:
      In determining whether the substitution of advanced cleaner energy credits is cost-effective compared to other available energy optimization measures, the commission shall consider the environmental costs related to the advanced cleaner energy system, including the costs of environmental control equipment or greenhouse gas constraints
      or taxes.

      I see a theme here; "cost constraints of greenhouse gas and "taxes" repeated over and over, making it very clear that greenhouse gas emissions takes a back seat to other concerns, like costs & taxes

      And this line here I've broken down to the pertinent words:
       

      In performing its assessment, the commission may utilize other available data including industry associations ->[ALEC and petrochemical corpos]
      this was 2008, I was hoping that there was a more recent Bill that wasn't so wide open a loop hole for this. This seems like it was written with ALEC help.

      Thx LakeSuperior for researching that

      Thx MB

      - emphasis added to blockquotes by me

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