Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed climate legislation on November 28, 2023.
Credit: Gretchen Whitmer / X

As scientists worldwide continue to sound the alarm about the need to swiftly ditch planet-heating fossil fuels, Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won praise from green groups on Tuesday for signing what she called “game-changing” legislation that “will help us become a national leader in clean energy.”

“These bills translate into better air, water, and health for everyone,” said Derrell Slaughter, Michigan clean energy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The pathbreaking standards for the Midwest industrial heartland will see the state move to 100% clean energy by 2040 and put more resources toward energy efficiency.”

“Michigan has seized the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to combating climate change and ensure a sustainable, just, and prosperous future for our state,” he added.

Senate Bill 271 is the part of the “Clean Energy Future” package that features the 100% clean energy standard. S.B. 273 increases Michigan’s energy waste reduction standards, and 

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