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Whitmer aides detail carbon reduction plans

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Members of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s cabinet offered more details today (FRI) on the goal she set of making Michigan a “carbon neutral” state by 2050.

The plans include adding electric vehicle charging stations at state parks and recreation areas, working with utilities to meet their emissions reduction targets, and a panel to help develop ways to address the impact on jobs and businesses.

Liesl Clark is the director of the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

“Advanced mobility is a big part of the climate solution," said Clark. "Advanced mobility solutions, which we know will happen here in Michigan, are part of the climate solution.”

Clark said the state’s plans will lean toward tried-and-tested solutions. Some environmentalists say the state’s approach isn’t aggressive enough.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.