Energy and Environment


Any sensible national energy policy includes as many sources as possible. Think about it: If you have a retirement plan, you wouldn’t put all your money just in the stock market, would you? No! You’d diversify your portfolio. Energy is the same way. Yes, American energy use is based on fossil fuels, but it makes sense to derive our power from other sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.

The Fourth District is ripe for geothermal development. The principle is simple, and I can explain it in three sentences:

  • In winter, the ground is warmer than the air.

  • In summer, the ground is cooler than the air.

  • Using a network of water pipes, we can transfer energy from the ground to help heat and cool our homes.

We can use this to maintain our quality of life, while helping both the environment and our wallets. It means building an infrastructure of thermal pipes under our land to distribute the heating and cooling capacity of water to help heat and cool our homes. This energy won’t replace natural gas and coal, but we’ll use less of them. Natural gas is fairly cheap now, but will it always be?

It will take a public-private partnership to build a geothermal infrastructure in the Fourth District. But that’s what government is for: to help citizens gain prosperity through stimulating jobs and growing local economies. And then it gets out of the way. Our setting is ready for that. We can get it done.

Michigan can contribute to America’s energy and security future. We can also safeguard the environment. By enacting laws and policies that will grow a new energy infrastructure in the Fourth District, we do our part to protect our environment. We can Rise Above & Get It Done.