Muskegon leaders on energy and environment left wanting after hearing Gov. Snyder's message

Gov. Rick Snyder’s long-awaited policy speech on energy and the environment Wednesday fell flat for several key leaders on those issues in the Muskegon-area.

Snyder’s outline of his administration’s energy and environmental polices– two years into his administration – were too late and not specific enough, according to several from the Muskegon area that watched the address at the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on a live feed, one of three in the state.

“The address was not as definitive and forward looking with specific actions that I was anticipating,” said Arn Boezaart, who heads the Muskegon-based MAREC.

However, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larsen – a natural ally of the first-term Republican governor – said that Snyder’s message aligns with Muskegon strategies.

“It is in perfect alignment with our business community’s vision and economic development priorities in Muskegon,” Larsen said after viewing the address at MAREC with more than 50 other community leaders. “His was a sustainability message and one that we need to support in 2013.”

Snyder called for a Michigan energy policy that would provide reliable, efficient and affordable power to Michigan citizens and businesses developed in a way that is protective of the environment.

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