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Angst over wolf hunt in Michigan

November 15th, 2013

Hunters opened fire on Michigan’s wolves today, the first day of the first wolf hunt in the state since the animals were delisted from the Endangered Species Act protections. The move toward hunting these top predators has been contentious in the Wolverine state, where Native Americans paid homage to their “brother” spirit.

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Michigan residents will get to vote on raising green energy goals

August 15th, 2012

Clean energy advocates in Michigan today won the right to put a more ambitious renewable energy standard before the voters in November, a plan they hope will bring jobs as well as green energy to the state.

The proposal by Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs would increase the state’s standard to 25 percent by 2025. If enacted, the new standard or RES, would require power providers to obtain 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal power.

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EPA announces plan to clean up Great Lakes and fight those ginormous invading fish

February 22nd, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Even after monumental clean-ups that rescued the Great Lakes from acid rain and industrial dumping in the 20th Century, these national water resources continue to suffer environmental assaults.

Sewage overflows into the lakes — some 25 billion gallons of untreated sewage from 20 cities in 2008 — have resulted in waters that periodically test positive for dangerous levels of E coli in 2008, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Asian Carp  (Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

Asian Carp (Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

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Kansas U will strut its green stuff at basketball game

December 17th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

The University of Kansas, the city of Lawrence, and ESPN are teaming up to showcase the school’s sustainability efforts. On December 19, 2009, the Kansas men’s basketball team will host Michigan at Allen Fieldhouse for a “Green Game”, which will showcase the crimson & blue’s environmental efforts not only within athletics, but the campus as a whole.

Along with a student produced recycling video, ESPN has produced two videos that will highlight two key sustainability initiatives taking place at the University of Kansas. The first will showKU the school’s recreation and fitness center, which uses the kinetic energy from 15 exercise machines and then feeds it pack into the building’s electrical grid.

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Governors agree to keep Midwestern High Speed Rail plan on track

July 28th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports:

Eight Midwestern states have agreed to work toward the common goal of developing high speed rail in the Midwest, and hope to access $8 billion in earmarked federal dollars to fund the new services.

Governors from those states — Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin — signed an agreement on Monday, saying they support each other in seeking federal dollars to build a high speed rail network. The hub of the network would be in the Windy City, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley along with five of the governors attended the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit to solidify the agreement.

Chicago already serves as a hub for Amtrak and many freight lines. The new plan would bring high speed rail into the mix, which advocates say could transform and green transportation in the the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

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Click to plant a tree

May 27th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Odwalla is continuing its successful plant-a-tree program by donating $100,000 worth of trees to be planted in state parks in California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia.

Visitors to www.parkvisitor.com/odwalla can choose their preferred state to receive a tree — no contribution or registration is required. The trees will be used to support important reforestation and planting initiatives across the country.

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Detroit Edison joins the race to add wind power

May 22nd, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Detroit Edison is the latest power company to ramp up wind-generation as a major part of its production capacity. The utility is soliciting proposals from potential partners interested in jointly developing wind energy projects with the company.

Detroit Edison wants to build Michigan-based wind energy farms capable of producing at least 75 megawatts of power by 2011. The energy produced from those projects would help Detroit Edison achieve Michigan’s new Renewable Portfolio Standard for the state’s electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their retail electric sales from renewable resources by 2015.

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Midwest governors want more wind energy, wind jobs and a Smart Grid

May 5th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Wind energy officials, manufacturers and providers have gathered in the Windy City this week for WINDPOWER 2009, a conference expected to draw some 18,000 people.

Kicking it off on Tuesday, four governors from the Midwest along with the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission appeared at a news conference.

The presence of so much executive clout demonstrated just how important wind has become, rising from a small player on the energy scene merely a few years ago to becoming a leader in the movement for low-carbon, job-creating clean energy solutions.

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Wind power growing at gale force in the U.S.

April 13th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

The American Wind Energy Association released its annual rankings of industry leaders today, among manufacturers, producers and states with the greatest wind production capacity.

First the states: Texas leads the nation with the ability to produce 7,118 Megawatts of power, or enough to keep 1.75 million homes in electricity.

It is followed by: Iowa (2,791 Megawatts of wind capacity); California (2,517 Megawatts); Minnesota (1,754 Megawatts); Washington (1,447 Megawatts) and Oregon and Colorado (each with just over 1,000 Megawatts).

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NRDC issues list of Filthy 15 states to bear the brunt of future coal waste

March 12th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Seeking to show that proposed new U.S. coal plants would exact a high environmental toll even beyond their carbon air pollution, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a list today of the states that would bear the greatest burden from coal waste.

Texas, with eight proposed plants, topped the NRDC’s “Filthy 15″ list. It was followed by South Dakota, Florida, Nevada and Montana, Illinois, South Carolina, Ohio, Wyoming, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri , Wisconsin, Georgia and West Virginia.

Those states have 54 proposed coal plants awaiting permitting. Across the nation, there are 80 proposed plants that would dump an estimated 18 million tons of dangerous coal combustion waste annually into various dump sites, largely unmonitored by the federal government.

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NRDC’s ‘Filthy 15′ future producing coal states

March 12th, 2009

Here is the Natural Resources Defense Council’s list of the 15 states that would be the biggest polluters — the “Filthy 15” — based on their total of 54 planned coal plants that create nearly 14 million tons of dangerous waste (state; number of proposed plants; estimated coal ash waste in tons):

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