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Mark Neisler- Michigan League of Conservation Voters holds legislators accountable


Mark Neisler talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR

Written by Kristin Jobin

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is holding elected officials accountable for their environmental voting records. Kirk talks with Mark Neisler, a Global Climate Change Specialist for Michigan LCV about the organization and their push for legislation to take greater interest in environmental issues.

Michigan LCV is one of 38 state leagues and has been in operation for 10 years. Their new accountability strategy is called SWAT — special weapons and tactics.

“In this important legislative year, SWAT is meant to put a spotlight on elected officials who hold or are running for prime elected seats, and to analyze and address their environmental records, Neisler says.”

Michigan LCV monitors the accountability of elected and potential officials by looking at their stances on particular issues and their subsequent voting records. Michigan LCV also has an environmental briefing book that serves as a legislative track record for votes that are environmentally significant.

Michigan LCV is partnering with Clean Energy Works to reinforce the importance of renewable energy issues in legislation.

“What we do is highlight the importance of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the house in June of last year,” says Neisler. “Now we are taking that issue to the Senate, making sure that our U.S. senators are fully aware of the importance of this act and its comprehensive energy and climate initiatives.”

A component of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is the cap-and-trade plan. Neisler says that Michigan LCV supports this approach to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

“It would create a market for renewable energy products here in the state and also in the nation,” says Neisler. “By creating that market we can embolden the economy. We can embolden entrepreneurs, too, who might be interested in starting these businesses, but who need a market for their products and services. “

Click on the arrow above to hear Neisler’s April 23 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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