Prop. 12-3 doesn't belong in the Constitution 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Michigan voters face a decision on six ballot proposals next month, and they don’t all stand out as wise choices.

Take Prop. 12-3, for example, a measure that would lock renewable energy standards into the state constitution.

Everyone knows that alternatives to fossil fuels are needed because oil and gas are a finite source of energy. Forecasts vary on the amount of fossils fuel sources still buried in the earth, but no matter which prediction is correct, the same end result stands: Eventually we’ll run out. 

That’s why the search for other sources is essential, and it’s why there are many laudable aspects to Prop. 12-3. The measure would increase the requirement for obtaining electricity from alternate sources, forcing utilities to invest more in renewables.

Proponents point out this would reduce pollution, protect Michigan’s air, land and water, and help make the state more energy independent.

Those are all good reasons for a “yes” vote, but that vote would make all the changes locked into the state constitution.  That’s not where this issue belongs and that’s why we can’t give it our support.

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