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It's all over the news, U.S. automotive manufacturers are going to force thousands of dealerships out of business. As this article states:
Dealer demise an economic tsunami for communitiesMichigan governor Jennifer Granholm has been looking for something... anything... to hold up as a beacon of hope and change in this state. She has pinned her hopes on renewable energy as this states in her official site:
AFTERSHOCKS TO BE FELT IN LOST JOBS, ADS, SPONSORSHIPS
By GREG GARDNER and BRENT SNAVELY
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITERS
More than 3,000 Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. dealers could be forced to close or merge with competing showrooms in the next few months — triggering economic aftershocks in communities across the United States.
... What’s more, closed dealerships change the landscape of communities, leaving behind thousands of empty stores and sprawling parking lots in an already struggling real estate market.
Granholm Says Windspire Manufacturing Facility is Creating Jobs as Part of Comprehensive Plan to Grow State's Renewable Energy Sector
Contact: Liz Boyd 517-335-6397April 20, 2009Mariah Power, MasTech Manufacturing to make revolutionary turbine in ManisteeLANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today said the $4 million Windspire manufacturing facility in Manistee that will create up to 140 jobs is in keeping with Michigan's plan to grow the renewable energy sector, create jobs and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil in the process. The partnership between Nevada-based Mariah Power and Michigan-based MasTech puts an underused auto plant to work as a factory for the Windspire, a wind-power system for homes and businesses.
"Michigan is proud to be the place where these two companies are partnering to create jobs making these easy-to-use turbines that can generate energy at a home or business," said Granholm during grand opening ceremonies at the facility. "Demand for wind-energy products will continue to grow as federal initiatives to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil advance. The Windspire, manufactured by Michigan workers using Michigan materials, will help Americans rely on energy made, literally, in our own backyards."
But how is this for "out of the box" thinking? The governor has been advancing the plan to build "wind turbine farms" on expensive and fertile agricultural land along Lake Huron. Rather than that, why not convert some of those "empty stores and sprawling parking lots" into mini "wind farms" with two or three turbines connected to the local power grids? Or, if there simply is not enough wind in the area, how about mini "solar farms?"
Michigan has to have 10% of its electric power from alternative energy in about 5 years... and there is no way to do that unless the power is generated locally. Otherwise, an expensive and time-consuming effort will be required to create new transmission facilities from the "wind farms" to the electrical grid.Or maybe the answer is simply not blowing in the wind.
This could be accomplished by 1) quick action by local government to rezone these properties, 2) quick action by the state government to assist in the development of these facilities and connecting them to the local grid, and 3) accessing the federal funds available for alternative energy projects.