The Michigan American Security Project is concerned that the effects of global warming and climate change will have a negative impact on Michigan’s industries. They make this point in a their report “Pay Now, Pay Later: Michigan.” The report also makes a case for encouraging renewable energy industries in Michigan. And it concludes with an argument that Michigan has a lot of potential to grow and develop its renewable energy sector.
I get the impression that one of the challenges researchers faced creating the report was probably the fact that “the effects of climate change...are difficult to predict with precision,” the report concedes. However, they took a look at scientific and economic data, research, and scholarship to take an educated stab at predicting how the effects of climate change might impact Michigan’s industries.
The report concludes that “Michigan faces significant losses in industries crucial to its economy if no action is taken to combat the effects of global warming.” In particular, they are worried about manufacturing and shipping, agricultural and forestry, and tourism, as well as other Michigan industries. It also makes a case for renewable energy industries in the state, and shares some statistics that suggest that Michigan is in a unique position to grow the sector, save residents money, and create jobs.
“If we give Michigan’s population, businesses, and investors clear and consistent signals by properly offering initiatives and cultivating demand, investment and innovation in renewable technologies will follow,” the report concludes.
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