Michigan politicians make a mockery of environmental standards.
The Michigan state legislature is playing loose with its environmental definitions, passing a bill on Thursday that qualifies the burning of solid waste as "renewable energy." And according to the Michigan news site, MLive.com, this includes the burning of tires.
The state's House of Representatives passed the legislation 63-46. It would qualify burning solid waste as a renewable energy fuel source. But environmentalist and other activists are calling the legislation "irresponsible."
The bill, sponsored by state house republican Rep. Aric Nesbit is designed to "remove barriers to the use of solid waste as a clean energy source."