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The wind Production Tax Credit is a drain on our resources. Congress should not extend it beyond 2012!
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By JGillman, Section News
Even with the most outspoken Lansing politicos and union bosses flapping their yaps 24/7, Michigan clearly does not have what it takes to be 25x25.
The wind tunnel effect of prop 2 and 4 puffery by labor leaders smelling the money of forced union membership might seem to be enough to be filling the sails of prop 3, but alas, no amount of hot air, deep sighs or physical reality matches the required blow to make it happen. Prop 3 is a non starter from the physics sense alone:
"That's because almost the entire state of Michigan is "poor" or "marginal" for wind as a resource at 50 meters above ground (see image), according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The information says Michigan's best wind opportunities at 50 meters, which would be classified as "excellent" and "outstanding," are all located offshore.But this doesn't matter to 25x25 proponents.
Its not the point.
The use of energy and accompanying pollution that must surely be generated by coal fired and natural gas generation must surely be stopped. Certainly, if we do that, then wind and solar technology by necessity will have to be improved or we all starve, lose our modern conveniences and health maintenance devices. (you know refrigeration, medical apparatus etc..) If only we would understand "necessity is the mother of invention", damn it!
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By JGillman, Section News
Things are looking brighter in our great lakes state. Unless, of course, one wants to use a light bulb to make it so.
A demand for engineers in Michigan:
"Andrew Watt says he figures the shelf life of an auto engineer looking for a job in Michigan is about three days. Companies that wait longer than that will have to get back in line for the next candidate.
This might be true, but if 25x25 is approved by voters, we can kiss Michigan manufacturing goodbye
Demand, Supply .. Funny how such things work.
The long term effect of our emerging technical interaction with each other will continue to create demand for such things as better engineered automobiles, heavy equipment and other manufactured goodies. But the most important thing that ties it all together is electricity. Cheap, abundant electricity that will continue to power the goodies, toys, and necessary equipment that keeps us healthy, mobile, and interactive.
Environmentalists in Michigan, need to mature into the continuing reality of our still relatively industrial state. Those idealists growing up and believing the world of The Lorax exists around us need to stop believing in the fairy tale promises of such efforts as the United Nations 25x25 plan which will appear on your Michigan ballot in November.
And yes, I DID say, the United Nations plan.
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There's a troubling irony in today's vigorous debate about environmental policy. Some of the most vocal groups clamoring for a cleaner planet are also the ones stalling progress toward that same goal.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is known throughout corporate culture for its excessive, confusing, and extremely expensive regulations. The EPA's undying lust for climate control policies has been limiting job growth and crippling innovation. Business development has consequently suffered, citing numerous EPA regulations, such as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the Clean Air Act. The American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute(ACCCI) believes that under the draconian rule of the EPA our Nation's businesses may fall behind the international competition, stating:
"In recent months, EPA has undertaken an unprecedented regulatory agenda by promulgating or proposing a host of rules in the areas of air, water, solid waste, greenhouse gases, and toxic chemicals ... in a nutshell, these new regulations will create permitting obstacles to expand and modernize our facilities and will impose significant additional costs that are difficult recoup in the face of intense international competition."
And with all of these regulations, where is the pay off? How do these blanket policies affect the individual? Upon hearing stories of small communities that are riddled with mesothelioma symptoms, you have to wonder why the EPA doesn't address issues like this more directly. Even today, individuals are just discovering that their homes and offices are insulated with asbestos. Because mesothelioma doesn't surface for up to 20 years after exposure, such a discovery can be devastating for the families who find asbestos in their home. With the mesothelioma life expectancy being no longer than fourteen months at most, American citizens are dying while the EPA stands there twiddling their thumbs and obstructing our corporations.
Slashing the EPA's budget is a necessity if we wish to create jobs, improve business, and regulate our deficit. Obama has admittedly proposed a 2012 budget cut of $1.6 billion dollars to the EPA, however the cut is only intended to reduce funding for states' clean water and drinking projects. The global climate change initiate of the EPA will remain an economic behemoth. Our business will still suffer excessive regulations. It is agitating, to say the least, that our current administration is destroying businesses in favor a trendy environmental agenda.
While clean water, a clean environment, and an overall concern for our planet are positive things, the current opportunity cost for the EPA's regulations tip the scale unfavorably for our nation. We can only hope that in the near future we are able to find a balance between environmental conservation and the prosperity of American industry.
cross-posted at theblogprof
I wrote about the opinion MI AG Mike Cox made yesterday basically telling Governor Granholm that she can't just do whatever she wants. Specifically, that she exceeded her statutory authority in having the DEQ do things well beyond its charter. Like predict the energy mix in the future. In fact, I pointed out this quote in a prior post (Scrooge takes away Michigan's lump of coal! ) that was made by Russ Harding, former director of the Michigan DEQ:
Requiring the DEQ to make critical decisions about Michigan's future energy mix is a recipe for stagnation or worse.About sais it all in that one sentence. In yet another former post, I defended the need for new coal power plants and had this to say, amongst much else:
Maybe the environitwits can think of this as "investing in our decaying infrastructure." You know - "creating jobs." There! Is that better now?Apparently, no - it was not. But that one quote is what I want to expand on in this post for "stimulus" reasons. But first, from today's article in The Citizen Patriot via MLive:
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cross-posted at theblogprof
You don't say! The city that is incompetent to run its own affairs, incompetent to run its school system, is also incompetent at making pension fund investment decisions? Really? There have been been a rash of stories, especially in the last year, about questionable investments made by the pension board managers. For one, money being used to fund ventures by (surprise) Kilpatrick backers. Other questionable ventures went belly-up, and the pension system is now under a cash crunch. The Board even got duped into buying the riskiest portions of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) from Bear Stearns (guess what happened to those this last fall).
So is it really a surprise, especially to the Detroit Free Press that more bad decisions are made? Here's today's headline: Toxic waste deal stinks (what a headline! Pulitzer here we come!). Nothing "new" to see at the beginning of the article (corruption, bad decisions, incompetence on full display, yada, yada). Until you get to the end of the article and this pops up:
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Is global warming a major threat? Did man cause it? Can man stop it? What should we do?
Global Warming: Inconvenient Facts
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