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Lessons to be Gleaned from Expert ‘Alternative Report’ to Line 5

Lessons to be Gleaned from Expert ‘Alternative Report’ to Line 5

clean energy | July 18, 2017 | By Jim Lively

With the June 30 release of an “Alternatives Analysis” commissioned by the State of Michigan, momentum is growing to decommission the Line 5 oil pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac. The conclusions of this analysis, and its popular and political impact in the weeks ahead, represent another crucial step in the march to shut down this catastophe-waiting-to-happen in the heart of the Great Lakes.

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Schuette Should Turn Tough Talk on Line 5 Into Real Action

Schuette Should Turn Tough Talk on Line 5 Into Real Action

clean energy | June 30, 2017 | By Jim Lively

Attorney General Bill Schuette was quoted again this week with his strongest language yet about decommissioning Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. Disagreeing with an assertion that the pipeline could last “indefinitely”, Schuette called for a “comprehensive plan … to drive the timeline for the (pipeline’s) closure”. Yet in the same statement he suggested the pipeline could be replaced with a tunnel under the Straits, a risky and expensive alternative that ignores the long-term solution of getting oil to Michigan from other existing pipelines and, ultimately, reducing our demand for oil and transitioning our economy to run on cleaner fuel sources.

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Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

clean energy | June 19, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

When Gary Cozette and Joe Lada climb the ladder to the roof of their “Tower House” near Maple City, they behold a breathtaking view of the Glen Lakes, with the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan in the distance. In their immediate foreground is an array of recently installed, cutting-edge solar panels that harness the power of the sun, represent their commitment to the environment, and make them energy independent. Their solar investment represents both a moral statement and a smart utilitarian choice.

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Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

clean energy | June 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville is not your average four-season resort, and Jim MacInnes is not your average CEO. He is a former electrical power engineer and a well-respected environmentalist, known throughout the state as a renewable energy advocate—one who preaches “green,” not only for moral reasons but because clean energy makes economic sense.

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