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It seems the whole country is talking about Flint. There is justifiable outrage about the process, the horrible impact on the community, and the failures to detect and swiftly respond to the Flint water crisis. There has been a lot of finger pointing about who is responsible, but little discussion about preventing this from happening again.
A recent op-ed in argued that legislation pending in Lansing regarding Michigan’s electrical system is wrongheaded. The authors focus on the proposed elimination of the renewable portfolio standard that requires 10 percent of Michigan’s electricity be generated by renewables by this year. The legislation and op-ed article contend the new law would cost Michigan energy jobs.
One of the common refrains about solar and wind is that the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow. In short, solar and wind can't always provide energy when consumers need it. Oftentimes, that means that solar and wind have been consigned as a supplemental resource.
Last week, the city of Detroit rolled out its plan to battle blight. Of course, the national press highlighted the traditional “bad news about Detroit” story that we’ve heard for 40 years, replete with the traditional photo of the Renaissance Center with a burned-out house in the foreground.