Members of Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) traveled to Lansing, Mich. recently to attend the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition (IICC) Energy Summit.
The event was held at the Kellogg Center and was the grassroots coalition’s first summit on energy.
GNU members Kevin and Marcia Ledet, along with Dennis Albert, participated in the event and demonstration outside of the Kellogg Center.
The IICC is comprised of citizens who are dedicated to raising public awareness of the potential impacts from the construction of industrial turbines.
Steven Transeth, a former member of the Michigan Public Service Commission; State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Valerie Brader, Gov. Rick Snyder’s energy adviser; Tom Stacy, an independent energy analyst; and Cal Peters, a retired analyst from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality all attended the summit.
The IICC’s meeting was going on simultaneously while the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was also meeting in the same facility. The AWEA is a trade association whose members include manufacturers of industrial wind turbines and related systems.
GNU member Dennis Albert said the event was very informative and got a little interesting when members of IICC learned that a reporter was asked to leave from the AWEA meeting.
A reporter from “Michigan Capitol Confidential,” who was originally allowed to sit in on the AWEA meeting, was asked to leave within five minutes of the meeting starting.
Kevon Martis, director of IICC, responded to the news by saying, “we welcome media of all types. We welcome any facet of the environmental movement. We’d be pleased if Michael Moore would stop in and chat with us because we’re here for a dialogue. We know the facts. We know the science and we’re here to have a chat.”
Ledet praised the summit as a great educational opportunity to learn more about the harmful impacts of wind turbines. He will report back to the community at the next public meeting scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at South-Central (K-8) School.
A wind farm is planned for the Greenwich area.
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