stop coal burning in Michigan proposal

Michigan Student Caucus Proposal Template for  Summers-Knoll Students 2019 Part 1: BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS due Oct 22 Context


  1. What is a current bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal? 

I don't see a bill.

Use the legislative database found here

  1. How would this bill make a difference in the lives of students across Michigan? 


When they are older the climate will not be as bad


  1. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? We googled statistics

  2. Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:


Research process


  1. To whom did you talk about this issue to learn more? N.A

  2. What did you initially think about your topic and how did your thinking change over time? 

  3. What was the most significant article/video/report/website that you used and how did it impact your research?


Part 2: FORMAL PROPOSAL due Oct 29 The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform. Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... Coal is bad for the environment because in 2014 it put 41 tons of lead, 9,000 pounds of cadmium, carbon monoxide, mercury, carbon dioxide, 77000 pounds of arsenic, and methane into the air, all of which are terrible for human health. in fact people in zips with a coal fired power plant people are over ten percent as likely to be hospitalized because of respiratory disease, also around coal fired power plants people often die younger. 

WHEREAS.... Coal is damaging to lakes and rivers around it because of pollutants mentioned above as well as soot. 72 percent of toxic water pollution in the usa is caused by coal power plants. 4 out of 5 coal power plants have no limits on how much toxic material they dump into the water.

WHEREAS....The transport of coal is also bad for the environment and due to its immense weight and size there is a lot of transport involved. In 2014 54384 thousand tons of coal were burned in the USA for power. This means that this much material would have to be transported by truck often over hundreds of miles which in itself has an effect on air quality and the greenhouse effect.


(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).


  1. Apply a large tax on burning coal. This tax will increase over time. It would begin at something like a 10 percent profit tax on coal related businesses that increases 6 percent every year. 

  2. Require all coal power plants to be shut down and replaced by the end of 2040. In 2014 around 50 percent of our energy was generated by coal burning and the goal here is to get that down to 0 


(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)


What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. There could be major job loss which could affect the economies of ares with coal industries negatively although replacement energy sources could make up for this 

  2. It will be very expensive for energy companies and could damage corporate bassed economies. Although old energy companies could come out as leaders in the renewable energy industry. Maybe grants could help?

  3. This could bring up energy costs across the state, although with the health problems with coal it could actually end up costing less for many people.

Costs and funding:
  1. What are some costs associated with your proposal? 

  2. How will you pay for your proposed bill? From what sources could the funding come?

  3. Who (people or groups) might object to funding your proposal?



List all websites, articles, reports, videos, or other resources you used to research for this project. You do not have to include formal citations. **Eighth graders only: After each source, write 1-2 sentences about why you chose this source and why you trusted it. 


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