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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.

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    Snyder Must Review Wolverine Air Quality Permit

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:22:47 AM EST
    Tags: coal, environmentalism, government regulation, green energy, Jennifer Granholm, MDEQ, MDNR, MDNRE, Michigan, Mike Cox, MPSC, power plant, Rick Snyder, sierra club, Wolverine Energy (all tags)

    First of all, I want to heap lavish praise on Governor-elect Rick Snyder for splitting the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.  In my view, when the state legislature approved the combination of the DNR with the DEQ, it bottle-necked the permit process and lent to the nearly 1,000 day wait for eventual denial of the permit.

    At the time, state lawmakers were giddy with the notion that they were helping "streamline" government by combining the two departments.  One of our Republican state lawmakers was a facebook friend of mine back then, and beneath her ecstatic status update that trumpeted the great news, I commented, "But, doesn't this mean that when we try to extract our natural resources, any industry will be shut down due to environmental concerns?  It seems to me that this is a windfall for the radical environmentalists."  That comment was deleted very quickly, but I still think it's true.  I thought it was foolhardy to trust Granholm's bureaucracy especially after all the studying I did about the Wolverine Clean Energy Venture and how the Granholm administration worked hand in hand with the Sierra Club and other radical groups.  If you don't think the Sierra Club is a radical environmental group, you have not seen what happened here in Rogers City.

    So now that Snyder has said the two departments will be split, it is along that line that I call on Governor-Elect Rick Snyder to review the permit to install for Wolverine Clean Energy Venture.

    (8 comments, 807 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Political Pandering at a Premium in Presque Isle County

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 05:36:52 AM EST
    Tags: Carbon capture and sequestration, coal, elections 2010, environmentalism, government regulation, jobs, Michigan, Politics, power plant (all tags)

    News about the Rogers City Coal Plant

    The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
    Ronald Reagan

    The great election year of 2010.

    In today's Presque Isle Advance, three Democrat politicians issued statements in favor of getting funding for carbon capture, which Wolverine will not get unless there is an air quality permit granted by Jennifer Granholm.

    (2 comments, 574 words in story) Full Story

    Who Does Jennifer Granholm think she is?

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 07:13:57 PM EST
    Tags: Granholm, jobs, coal, power plant, EPA, DNRE (all tags)

    She isn't a Democrat, she thinks of herself more as a QUEEN.

    People around town are asking, "What is going on with the air permit?"  The only logical answer is that Jennifer Granholm wants Wolverine's air permit put on hold until the EPA comes out with a plan to implement what the legislature tried to do with Cap and Trade.

    You see, Jennifer Granhom does not want this clean coal plant to happen, and she believes that a small town in the frozen north is not going to harm her party's chances at election time.

    The Advance reports in the February 3, 2010 issue,

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    Members of Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op overwhelmingly trust Wolverine

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:19:22 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, coal, clean energy, jobs, power plant, environmentalists (all tags)

    This is part of an ongoing story of a coal plant that is being proposed in Rogers City, Michigan.

    I took time off of work to attend the PIE&G annual meeting yesterday.  Karas was not let into the meeting because he is not a member of PIE&G Cooperative.

    Some interesting things took place though in the two hour's time I allowed myself to be away from work.

    First, I learned some things I did not know.  Wolverine has spent 20 million dollars to date checking into the feasability of this project, and in the same amount of time, they have spent 700 million dollars buying power from downstate utilities as well as Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.

    Second, the reason we have a cooperative is because it is costly to provide energy to rural areas, in fact, because Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy and other big companies thought it too costly, local leaders had to find a solution on their own, and with strength in numbers, we are a co-op that is part of a larger family that serves 230,000 households and businesses.

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    The Rogers City Coal Plant

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 07:08:27 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, coal, clean energy, jobs, power plant, environmentalism (all tags)

    I have been following a story that has been ongoing here in Rogers City and have posted parts to the story on this blog.  Starting with Part 1, I began chronologically detailing what has transpired so far in this small under-served town.  Between the local and nation-wide environmentalists and the concerned citizenry, it has proved to be very entertaining, enlightening and dramatic.

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    The Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant in Rogers City, MI Part 8

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 07:02:05 PM EST
    Tags: Global Warming, Michigan, Obama, coal, industry, jobs, power plant (all tags)

    After the Biomass public hearing, Tom Karas (Michigan Energy Alternatives,) wrote an editorial that appeared in the Advance to counter an argument between himself and Bob Noffze, president of the citizen-formed Wolverine Clean Energy Venture Support Group.  Apparently, after the biomass hearing, Bob and Tom had a brief exchange during which Bob made it clear he did not wish to invite Tom to speak at the next meeting of WCEVSG because Mr. Karas had stated in an Alpena News article that the coal plant in in Rogers City would be "a monument to ignorance."  Bob took offense to the statement.  The editorial pointed out that when Karas said the word ignorant, he just meant that the people of Rogers City are unaware of the "current position that the coal industry is in."  He may be right about that, but it isn't because the people of this state don't want energy, it is precisely because of people like Tom Karas.

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    The Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant in Rogers City, MI Part 7

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 07:09:04 PM EST
    Tags: coal, environmentalism, Global Warming, industry, jobs, Michigan, power plant (all tags)

    Let's remember the names  Byron Delong and Tom Harkleroad.  They are the two members of both CEI and the County Planning Commission earlier in the story.  By May, 2008 only Delong was still a member of both.  Delong was also the man who, in March of 2008, made it clear during a Planning Commission meeting that their should be a public forum to discuss the addition of biomass to the special use permit before the commission issues an amended permit.  That meeting was also attended by Tom Karas, (Michigan Energy Alternatives)  and Jim Dulzo, (Michigan Land Institute) environmentalist buddies from the other side of the state.   Now, let me be clear, the environmental movement had representatives from three groups.  One serving on the board, and the other two pushing for a public forum.  The one on the board suggested the forum be held in May.

    It was around this time I was alarmed to read a report by Judy Pasternak of the Los Angeles Times titled, "Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants," in the April 14th issue of the paper.  I will link to it with one proviso, it no longer includes the best part of the report.  Here is the titled story, with the first nine paragraphs removed.
     The first nine paragraphs appeared in the report the day I printed it out, 4/14/08.  Here is some of what they said:

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