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Monday is the last day for public comment on state climate plan

The goals of the planetary protection officer are to protect the Earth and to protect other planets from being contaminated by substances from Earth during exploration.
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The goals of the planetary protection officer are to protect the Earth and to protect other planets from being contaminated by substances from Earth during exploration.

Monday is the last day for public comments on the climate action plan, put forward by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

It’s EGLE’s roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, a goal set by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

But some climate activists say the plan as drafted won’t meet that goal.

Kate Madigan heads the nonprofit group the Michigan Climate Action Network.

She says the state needs carbon-free electricity by 2035 to meet the larger 2050 goal.

“Now is a really critical time for everyone who cares about climate change to make our voices heard and help strengthen this plan.”

Madigan’s group is also urging a goal of exclusively electric vehicle sales by 2035, and more aggressive decarbonizing goals for buildings.

She says EGLE has signaled it’ll release the final plan next month.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.