State Rep. Gary Glenn takes heat over Consumers Energy comments


Consumers Energy is responding after controversial comments were made by a state representative comparing the company to “terrorists.”

State Rep. Gary Glenn is taking heat for the comments against Consumers. WSGW reports the Republican spoke after dealing with a lobbyist for the utility company.

Glenn said threats were made to hold up a bill on long-term rates for industrial customers unless he stopped disrespecting Consumers Energy.

The Detroit News reported Dow Chemical wanted the measure to pass for its Hemlock semiconductor operation.

The bill passed, but Glenn compared the company to “terrorists” he’d like to “shoot.”

The President of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council wants Glenn to step down or be removed as chair of the house energy policy committee. Meanwhile, Glenn wants Consumers to apologize for threatening the bill, saying it would have put 1,500 jobs in jeopardy.

The following is a statement from Consumer Energy:“Consumers Energy stands for open and respectful dialogue. We strongly believe Michigan’s future depends on civility in our public discourse. Patti Poppe, along with all Consumers Energy’s employees, spend every day in service of Michigan. We look forward to working alongside anyone who will join us in building a bright future for our hometowns not tearing them down with hateful language.”

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