This week, Lansing took another step toward control of the state. A package of bills advanced that would give appointees of the governor the power to approve siting of large solar and wind projects in Michigan. Unelected appointees would be granted this power, and it would be taken away from elected local leaders.
As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan turns from paper to reality, central planners are running into a roadblock: local communities that don’t want windmills and solar fields marking their landscape.
The solution, naturally, is to remove locals from the process. To give the Michigan Public Service Commission, the state’s energy regulator, sole authority to permit large scale solar and wind projects.
As the three-member commission is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the governor, this plan would empower Lansing at the direct expense of local leadership.
“You Can in Michigan,” says the state’s $20 million ad campaign. You can move to Michigan and buy a farm and have three political appointees approve a solar field across the street, and nobody who represents you would be able to stop it.
Whether with COVID policy or economic development, the central planners have failed time and again. It would be a mistake to give bureaucrats control of our physical landscape.
Michigan needs a marketing campaigns because its reality does not attract people.
Yours in Freedom,
James David Dickson
Michigan Capitol Confidential