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    A Pig in a Poke

    By Croton Crier, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 12:16:02 PM EST
    Tags: Jon Bumstead, Adam Wright, MI 100th District, Baker's Green Acres, feral swine, DNR, DEQ, feral pig, food freedom, small farmer, small business, big agriculture (all tags)

     Our family attended the Baker's Green Acres Celebration of the Farm this past Saturday to show solidarity with a small farmer who is being persecuted by the DNR of Michigan. After arriving at the farm, we city slickers with little experience in farming observed a scenic setting where a variety of animals are raised in a clean and quite pretty environment.

    The question that came to my mind as I weighed the invasive species accusation against the Baker's versus the reality of what I observed was: How in the world did we get here?

    (1 comment, 1382 words in story) Full Story

    Midland County Ex Parte "Courtesy" by Judge

    By darlenej, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:51:57 PM EST
    Tags: DEQ, Michigan, Politics, RightMichigan, Court, Stephen P. Carras (all tags)

    Is This how Justice is served in Midland? ~ JG

    Judge phones moving party via ex parte communications when they didn't show up and rescheduled as a "courtesy".  When do WE get such a courtesy if we don't show up in court; especially when we move the motion.  UNBELIEVABLE!

    (1 comment, 632 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Shocking Development .. kinda not

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:51:33 PM EST
    Tags: LG CHEM, Wealth Redistribution, Crony Capitalism, Jobs, Card Playing, Economic Development, Green Subsidy, Batteries, Taxpayer Abuse, DEQ, The Green Organisation Ltd, Reinventing Climate Change, Fred Upton Curlicue Light Bulbs, Red China, A123 Systems, ChiComs, Government Funding, MEDC, LEED, UN Agenda 21, ICLEI, Michigan, Rick Snyder, Been there done that with Granholm (all tags)

    Detroit News

    A Michigan-based company slated to produce lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicles has instead kept production overseas, has failed to meet job targets outlined in a $150 million grant from the federal government, and has been reimbursed by the government for $842,000 in wasted work time, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Special Report released Wednesday.

    The DOE says Holland, Mich.-based LG Chem Michigan misused part of a $150 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and has decided not to shift production from its plant in South Korea to Michigan. It painted a stark picture of wasted U.S. federal dollars.

    "Until the shift in production takes place or some alternative use for the plant is developed, U.S. taxpayers will receive little direct benefit from a plant for which they provided up to half of the funding," the report said.


    Thank God the republicans in Lansing, didn't throw away taxpayers money overseas on Green crap like those reckless big spending Democrats... Oh! Wait.

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    DEQ Receives Big Ben-dover Award

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:50:48 AM EST
    Tags: DEQ, The Green Organisation Ltd, Reinventing Climate Change, Green Subsidy, Fred Upton Curlicue Light Bulbs, Red China, A123 Systems, ChiComs, Government Funding, LG CHEM, Crony Capitalism, MEDC, Wealth Redistribution, LEED, UN Agenda 21, ICLEI, Michigan, Rick Snyder, Been there done that with Granholm (all tags)

    Naturally, because the Fabians in England has managed its own affairs so well, why not seek their approval here in, Michigan?

    The DEQ recently was recognized by an International environmental group for its pollution prevention efforts.

    The department was a 2012 North America Gold winner of the International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practices by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-profit organization that recognizes, rewards, and promotes environmental best practices around the world.

    How do you like them apples?  Nothing like the cost savings associated with keeping the incredibly expensive global green hoax alive with such not-ready-for-primetime ideals that are rewarding subsidy to foreign nations, or are being bought by Communists for pennies on the US taxpayer Dollar.

    Speaking of rotten Green apples.  Exactly what is in the Memorandums of Agreement Granholm signed with England, that Governor Snyder, would want it to remain secret, anyway?

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    A bit of a check on the DEQ

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 10:12:06 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Administrative Rules, DEQ, Federal Law, Business (all tags)

    And maybe some others.

    Works for me anyhow.

    The little things like HB4326 are good for Michigan business.  The DEQ under the Granholm regime reigned heavy with indiscriminate and wanton administrative restrictions, and punitive measures. One example, the King of the wind Farms in Macomb County.

    The simple language:

    (5) Except for an emergency rule promulgated under section 48, if the federal government has mandated that this state promulgate rules, an agency shall not promulgate or adopt a rule more stringent than the applicable federally mandated standard unless specifically authorized by Michigan statute.

    (6) Except for an emergency rule promulgated under section 48, if the federal government has not mandated that this state promulgate rules, an agency shall not promulgate or adopt a rule more stringent than the applicable federal standard unless specifically authorized by Michigan statute.

    In other words, a limit on unelected repositories of power in government.  It eliminates over reach by those with a political agenda.

    Good idea.  Shame our guy up here voted against it.

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    Snyder Protects Granholm Administration On Clean Coal

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 05:58:20 PM EST
    Tags: Bill Schuette, coal, Democrats, DEQ, environmentalism, Global Warming, government regulation, Holland BPW, industry, Jennifer Granholm, jobs, MDNRE, Michigan, MPSC, Pettalia, power plant, Republicans, Rick Snyder, sierra club, Walker, Wolverine Energy (all tags)


    It's funny, once Granholm leaves, the boys in the house man-up and the nerd-in-chief grows fickle.

    (1 comment, 810 words in story) Full Story

    Governor's Wolverine power plant denial a bad decision

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 23, 2010 at 10:25:48 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Michigan, Wolverine Power, Elsenheimer, Allen, DEQ, jobs (all tags)

    Northern Michigan economy snubbed again according to two Michigan lawmakers.

    State Senator Jason Allen and House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer on Friday expressed their strong disappointment with the Granholm administration after it denied a permit for a new power generation plant in Rogers City.

    The plant would have boosted Northern Michigan's economy with 2,500 good-paying construction jobs and established a base power generation source that would help the region to rebuild and grow for the future. Said Allen, R-Alanson of the governors choice?:

    "This latest decision is another sad chapter in a pattern of neglect by the administration,"

    "Officials have hurt our tourism industry by closing Northern Michigan state campgrounds, dragged their heels for years on establishing a state snowmobile route between Gaylord and Cheboygan and now after more than a thousand days they have pulled the plug on the Wolverine Power Company plant. The administration is leaving a painful legacy for our region of the state to grapple with for many years to come."

    The Wolverine Power Company proposed a state-of-the-art clean-coal power plant in Rogers City almost three years ago but was put on indefinite hold last year when the governor interjected another roadblock by requiring the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct further reviews of such projects.

    (7 comments, 393 words in story) Full Story

    Former DEQ Director applauds reigning-in of DEQ bureaucracy

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:14:36 PM EST
    Tags: DEQ, bureaucracy, regulation, red tape, Lansing (all tags)

    Four years ago Russ Harding began advocating what he called a "No-More-Stringent" law.  A former director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (the hated DEQ), Harding understood the damage being done to Michigan industry, job makers and families when unelected bureaucrats imposed rules and standards on businesses that exceeded those imposed by already stringent federal regulations.

    "Michigan's economy is dragging, and the state is losing jobs," Harding wrote in 2005.  "Almost no one has called publicly for reducing the damage caused to our economic climate (and to effective regulatory practices) by Michigan's unnecessarily burdensome environmental regulations..."

    It may have taken more than 1,500 days but someone finally paid attention. Republican state Senator Jud Gilbert recently introduced Senate Bill 434 in an effort to "limit state regulation promulgation authority."  Harding, not surprisingly, is a fan.

    "Many environmental regulations that have serious impact on Michigan businesses and households are made in the cubicle of some state bureaucrat who is unaccountable to Michigan residents," he said yesterday.  "Important environmental and other regulatory policies should be made by elected officials who are ultimately accountable to voters."

    Amen and preach!

    SB 434 could help ease overbearing bureaucratic burdens on job makers in policy areas ranging from agriculture and air emissions to property rights and wetland permitting.  

    Beyond the immediately tangible benefits there's a much deeper value in this sort of legislation.  By drawing back the power of the unelected bureaucracy and shifting the ability to regulate in excess of federal standards squarely onto the shoulders of legislators selected by the voters, SB 434 actually strengthens the Democratic process.

    "Requiring legislative approval before state agencies can promulgate regulations that are more stringent than federal requirements is a step toward curbing the current practice of regulation without representation," Harding added. "Many states that Michigan competes with for jobs have already instituted this common sense reform."

    Of course, there's the jobs issue, too.  And the intrinsic personal joy I derive from knowing that anything might curb the power of the DEQ.

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