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State board would help guide transition to electric economy

Michigan Public Service Commission

A state Senate committee hearing was held Thursday on a proposal to create a government panel that would help Michigan navigate the path to the new green economy.

Sponsors say there’s no stopping the phaseout of fossil fuels in favor of an electric future. Democratic Senator Sam Singh says now is the time to step in and manage events. His bill would require recommendations to be delivered by the end of 2025.

“I think we’re always concerned whenever you’re making a transition that you should have a system in place that makes sure that we are protecting workers.”

The hearing on the legislation took place as an auto workers strike is underway. One of the union concerns is that building electric vehicles will likely require far fewer – and lower paying -- factory jobs.