Wolverine Power’s zombie coal-fired plant rises from the dead in Michigan

In May of last year, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) denied a permit for the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, Michigan.

Celebrated as a WIN for environmentalists fighting climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and for those pushing for Michigan to adopt cleaner energy sources, the celebration has now been cut off. Last August, Wolverine Power sued the State over the denial.

The fight against carbon-spewing power plants in Michigan was dealt a blow when, in February, a Circuit Court judge remanded the permit denial back to the DNRE for further consideration.

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If you want to be pissed about the budget deal, try these on for size

Lest anyone think I have fallen madly in love with the budget deal the President just hammered out with Congress (aka, the Continuing Resolution or CR), I’m not. I think the President did a fine job getting as much as he could without having to give too much up, for sure. But there’s still some pretty egregious stuff in there. Here are a few that really raised my eyebrows.

Take the so-called “free choice vouchers”. These were supported by Senator Ron Wyden and would have allowed some employees to “opt out” of their employer-sponsored plans and choose their own coverage. As the New York Times points out, this one made for some rather odd bedfellows:

Supporters said the vouchers would give employees more options and spur competition in the marketplace.…
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“Bold Progressives” get threatening with their preemptive whinging

Yesterday I wrote about the tactic of “preemptive whinging” from those on the left who struggle to find anything about President Obama and his administration that they like.

The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), aka “bold progresives”, has taken this to the next level. They are now threatening the President if he does something he has said he wouldn’t do in the past and has given no tangible signal that he will do in the past. They have an online petition with the following language:

President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012.
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Preemptive whinging is the new norm for the “professional left”

I’ll say right off the bat that I absolutely hate the term “professional left”. But it will suffice as a descriptor for those on the liberal side of the coin that seem to be able to find pretty much nothing about the Obama administration that they can approve of.

And when they don’t have anything to get upset about, that’s no problem. They just invent something. Here’s the playbook for your reference:

  1. Read the day’s headlines.
  2. Determine a spin that characterizes the President and his administration in the worst possible light.
  3. If such a spin does not exist, postulate what the President and his administration’s response will be.

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Analyst predicts Big Three will add 34% more jobs by 2014

Just in case you were wondering if the Obama administration’s decision to save the automotive industry in the USA was a good idea, check this out:

The number of people employed by the Detroit Three in Michigan could increase 34% as the economy and automotive sales slowly recover, Sean McAlinden, senior economist for the Center for Automotive Research said today.

The painful plant closures and job cuts over the last several years, combined with lower labor costs and improved vehicle quality, have the Detroit Three positioned to add jobs as the economy recovers, he said.


By 2015, employment by the Detroit Three in Michigan should increase to about 137,000 from about 101,936 in 2010.

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Michigan Republicans score a win against their own governor, protect senior and tea party vote

There’s more to this than meets the eye.

Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger are expected to confirm a compromise that would phase in Snyder’s proposed tax on pensions and delay by one year a scheduled decrease in the income tax.

The proposed deal would phase in the planned income tax for public and private pensions, one source said. Public pensions are not taxed in Michigan. Private pensions are taxed only above $45,000 for individuals and $90,000 for married couples.

The House and Senate Republican caucuses have been discussing a plan that would exempt those aged 67 and older from the pension tax, a second source with firsthand knowledge of the plan told The Detroit News.

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We Are the People Rally at Michigan Capitol Building tomorrow (4/13/2011)

I’m a little late getting these details out but here is the information I have on the We Are the People rally tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the State Capitol Building.
A broad coalition of students, seniors, workers to protest Gov. Snyder’s budget plan

WHAT: Rally to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan

WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 1-6pm
Speaking programs at 2pm and 5:30pm

WHERE: State Capitol, 100 Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI

WHY: After two weeks of paid vacation, Legislative committees will convene this week to begin voting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.…

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All I wanted was some hot water…

Something happened to us this past month that has me fuming, partly at myself.

In March of 2010, we got a new water heater, replacing one that had to have been pushing 50 years old. All told, the experience cost about $750, but it was time, so we pulled the trigger.

Late last fall, our water started smelling really foul, like rotten eggs. That sulfurous odor, it turns out, is a reaction of the sulfur and other components in our high-sulfur, high-iron well water with the magnesium anode rod in the tank. The anode rod is a sacrificial stick of metal that corrodes instead of the internal parts of the hot water heater.…

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