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Say ‘Yah’ to da U.P.’s Sunshine, eh?

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 By Jim Dulzo One of the brightest bolts of sunshine at the recent Solar Powering Michigan conference came from, of all places, way up north in Houghton, Mich.—and delivered by a speaker from, of all places, Chennai, India. Abhi Kantamneni, a Ph.D.

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People’s Climate March: I Marched for the Amazon

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 By Sean Watkins “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” -Frederick Douglass On Sunday, September 21st, I took part in a social milestone of our world by walking in the People’s Climate March, and

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High School Senior Helped Over 50 People Attend NYC Climate March

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 By Jim Dulzo, Michigan Land Use Institute When she was a high school sophomore, Jane Lively rode the bus from Traverse City to Washington DC with 55 other concerned citizens to join the February 2013 Forward on Climate rally. It was

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NYC’s Bounce Back from Hurricane Sandy Offers Lesson to Michigan

 By Jim Dulzo, Michigan Land Use Institute  Southern Michigan was blasted hard with very heavy rainfall and high winds a number of times this summer. Each time, tens or even hundreds of thousands of people lost power, often for many days,

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Wanted: Better state policies, more education and utility cooperation

 By Jim Dulzo Mike Schmerl is a survivor of the Michigan solar industry’s bad old days. Now, he hopes, some good new days may finally be on the way. Back in 2008, the veteran electrician was doggedly trying to expand

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“Cynicism is a choice, hope is a better one.”

 “Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking.” – Antonio Machado I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend the 10th Annual RE-AMP Meeting in Chicago last week. Hundreds of advocates from across the Midwest

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Coal Ash on the Cob

 If you live in Michigan, or anywhere in America really, corn on the cob is probably a staple of your backyard barbecues. Living in a state where most days of the year look like a scene out of ‘Frozen,’ I

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When Coal Falls Short, Renewables Stand Strong

 Last week, two Michigan utilities had trouble getting the coal they had purchased to their plants. DTE Energy had coal they purchased held up on a train in Chicago after the company responsible for transporting it had problems getting from

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Time to leave coal in the past

 What do we hang onto from the year 1900? That’s about when the nation’s first coal-fired power plant opened. Think of the number of changes we’ve made since then. Think of the products that are newer than that and yet

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T-Shirt Events to Personalize Your Presence

 Here in Michigan, where over half our electricity still comes from coal (as if it’s the year 1901 or something), the battle for clean energy is, alas, still ongoing.  Our lakes, like yours, all have mercury warnings and fish advisories

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