Au contraire, mon frère‼ Our President-elect is dedicated to the proposition that new coal plants will be severely penalized... even to the extent of bankrupting companies daring to build them. You must do as the automobile manufacturers must do: accept the mandate regardless of the market... or the facts.
LANSING -- A coalition of environmental activists used a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed coal-fired power plant in Rogers City to renew their call for Gov. Jennifer Granholm to block construction of all such plants and hasten Michigan's transition to so-called green energy.
The 600-megawatt plant, to be built by the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, is one of several proposals for new coal-fired generators to meet future energy demands and replace older power plants.
Some of the permit decisions by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are expected to come in the next few months.
The environmentalists urged Granholm to reject coal in favor of alternative energy, with an emphasis on wind and solar power, as a way to protect public health, stem global warming and create green energy jobs.
"This is her opportunity to slam the brakes on Michigan's one-of-a-kind coal rush," said the Sierra Club's Anne Woiwode.
Granholm has said that emissions from coal-fired plants "are a growing concern," and financial institutions are increasingly reluctant to invest in carbon-based utilities. But her spokeswoman, Liz Boyd, said Tuesday that the administration doesn't rule out the possibility of permit approval for one or more of the pending coal-fired proposals.
Jeff Holyfield, spokesman for Consumers Energy, which has applied for approval of an 800-megawatt plant in Bay City, said the new plants are needed.
Consumers supplies 58% of customers' energy needs with coal now, he said, and a transition to alternative sources would take several decades. Alternative-energy technology is improving, Holyfield said, but green energy remains more expensive to produce and less reliable than energy produced from traditional sources.
are renewable... even if there is a bit of smoke from burning them in our homes.
The point of these three posts related to coal-powered electricity and plans to move to alternative energy sources is ... or should be ... obvious. Don't be stupid about the conversion process and timeline. Just because someone has been elected to Congress or state legislatures does not make that person an engineering or logistical or economic expert. Just because someone has a commitment to environmental causes does not make that person an engineering or logistical or economic expert. Wishing something to be so and demanding it regardless of the facts is one thing: stupid.
And... stupidity has its own rewards...