Former President Bill Clinton endorses Michigan's renewable energy proposal

Clinton says Proposal 3 is best opportunity to boost economy, create jobs

Published On: Oct 29 2012 04:15:19 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -

Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed a Michigan ballot initiative that would require the state's electricity providers to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by the year 2025.

Clinton's endorsement was announced Monday by Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs, the group campaigning for approval of the ballot initiative known as Proposal 3.

Clinton says in a statement the proposal is the best opportunity this year to boost the state's economy and create jobs.

He says Michigan can't afford to fall behind other states that have more ambitious requirements for producing energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources.

Opponents say Proposal 3 makes unrealistic demands and doesn't belong in the state constitution. The two sides dispute whether it would boost electricity bills for consumers.