2012.10.31 Ryan Shadbolt: Vote 'yes' on Proposal 3

Written by David Green.

Doing the right thing is often not easy or cheap or both. Current methods for generating electricity are not sustainable. We use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas at a much faster rate than they are created. These fuels will not be easily available forever and accessing them is destructive to the surrounding environment. A natural bi-product of burning these fuels results in the release of carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas that has been proven to warm our atmosphere and planet. Other pollutants from this burning are harmful for us to breathe. Often this coal or natural gas has to be transported long distances to our state, which is expensive. 

In contrast, energy created naturally by wind is right here with us and can be generated locally. Yes, wind energy generation requires installing wind turbines, but installation and upkeep will create jobs. Yes, turbines do create a small amount of noise as they spin, but the sound is minimal and certainly no louder than the cars passing by our houses that we somehow manage to easily ignore.

Yes, installing these turbines will include a cost, but it is an investment in our future. It is an investment in future generations. It is the right thing to do. Our state has the opportunity to be bold and be a leader in moving our entire country forward toward a future of clean and reliable renewable sources of energy. Voting “yes” on Proposal 3 is the easiest way to take this bold step.

For those in favor of Proposal 3: even if the proposal does not receive a majority vote on election day, do not despair. Many utility companies have programs allowing you to opt-in to renewable energy. For example, DTE Energy has a “Green Currents” program and Consumers Energy has its “Green Generation” program. Contact your utility company for more information.

– Ryan P. Shadbolt, Ph.D.

East Lansing, Mich.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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