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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Governor's Wolverine power plant denial a bad decision

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 23, 2010 at 10:25:48 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Michigan, Wolverine Power, Elsenheimer, Allen, DEQ, jobs (all tags)

    Northern Michigan economy snubbed again according to two Michigan lawmakers.

    State Senator Jason Allen and House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer on Friday expressed their strong disappointment with the Granholm administration after it denied a permit for a new power generation plant in Rogers City.

    The plant would have boosted Northern Michigan's economy with 2,500 good-paying construction jobs and established a base power generation source that would help the region to rebuild and grow for the future. Said Allen, R-Alanson of the governors choice?:

    "This latest decision is another sad chapter in a pattern of neglect by the administration,"

    "Officials have hurt our tourism industry by closing Northern Michigan state campgrounds, dragged their heels for years on establishing a state snowmobile route between Gaylord and Cheboygan and now after more than a thousand days they have pulled the plug on the Wolverine Power Company plant. The administration is leaving a painful legacy for our region of the state to grapple with for many years to come."

    The Wolverine Power Company proposed a state-of-the-art clean-coal power plant in Rogers City almost three years ago but was put on indefinite hold last year when the governor interjected another roadblock by requiring the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct further reviews of such projects.

    The governor did approve a similar coal plant construction project downstate for Consumers Energy near Bay City.  Kevin Elsenheimer R-Kewadin said:
    "The value of the Rogers City project to Michigan and the local region was immense especially while the state is looking for job creation and setting a foundation to build on for the future,"

    "Northern Michigan residents have met so many other challenges to accomplish a wonderful quality of daily life in good times and now in these difficult financial times. It is unfair for state leaders to not only withhold a help line for so long, but to then block any chance of a positive step being taken."

    Understanding transmission concerns, losses of power during transmission, and what is arguably the only part of the state that might have some growth and a declining power generation capability should be a priority for the governor.  However, she has been a lost cause, and total abject failure as a leader on such important issues as these.

    The elections cannot come soon enough.

    < Wolverine's permit denied. | Michigan's Coming Energy Crisis >

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    Not the DEQ, the MPSC (none / 0) (#1)
    by jenkuz on Sun May 23, 2010 at 02:11:51 PM EST
    She wanted that executive order 2009-2 that would have made the MPSC the office that would review the necessity of the plant.  Cox called her on the constitutionality of it, and she had to rescind, but not before Wolverine had sent the MPSC a reasoning for their need to build.  What happened here was basically Granholm ignoring the MDNRE (Which used to be the MDEQ and the DNR)and going with her initial plan of using the regulatory office of utilities to say there was no need for the plant.  Where they got the numbers of 80 bucks extra a month, is anyone's guess.

    Allen maybe is not aware (none / 0) (#2)
    by jenkuz on Sun May 23, 2010 at 02:15:14 PM EST
    Wolverine now has a substantial case for appeal.  All we need is legislators with guts to slash the bureaucracy and stop this green madness.  Traverse City is headed down the road of complete bankruptcy by listening to Tom Karas.  You people in TC better get busy.

    Compare & Contrast (none / 0) (#6)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon May 24, 2010 at 03:13:52 PM EST

    When will Michigan ever learn...

    Elections Have Consequences (none / 0) (#7)
    by MichWolverine on Tue May 25, 2010 at 12:58:06 PM EST
    Elections have consequences.  We are not being diligent enough.  It is far too easy for the ignorance and laziness to spread throughout our State.  We don't teach our children the value of personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, etc.  Instead, we allow the liberal public schools and television to fill their little mush minds with all sorts of falsehoods, from global warming to collectivism/socialism.  Take the time to become educated, then spread your knowledge to your children, your friends and your co-workers.  We must take Michigan back!  If we don't, there will be no hope for this State.  I am stunned by the number of my co-workers in the banking industry who simply repeat the talking points from the Obama administration.  They are ignorant of the fact that only one political party is out to take over and destroy the banking industry and, along with it, our jobs.  Instead of reading or watching the news, they spend their time watching mind-numbing reality shows and discussing their favorite 'Idol' contestant.  C'mon people!  There are long-reaching decisions being made every single day, and you're asleep at the wheel!  Wake up before it's too late!

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