[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Editorial: Voters blow back on windmills 

Credit:  The Detroit News | May 15, 2019 | www.detroitnews.com ~~

Environmental activists and some Democratic elected officials are pushing for an immediate shutdown of Line 5, the pipeline that carries petroleum products across the Straits of Mackinac.

Many, including Attorney General Dana Nessel, reject the solution crafted by former Gov. Rick Snyder and Enbridge, which operates the pipeline, to bury it in a tunnel deep below the lake bed. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who vowed to shut down Line 5 on the campaign trail, has softened her position since taking office saying she’ll discuss a tunnel built on a faster timetable than the seven to 10 years allowed for in Snyder’s deal.

Activists, however, aren’t looking for a solution for moving the light crude oil, gases and propane that the Upper Peninsula depends on for heating its homes and the Lower Peninsula uses to keep its factories running, trucks on the roads and jets in the air.

They don’t want those fossil fuels to move at all. Instead, they are hoping the elimination of Line 5 will hasten the state’s conversion to renewable energy.

But a new report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy confirms that while a pipeline can be shutdown with the signing of a court order, getting the renewable energy infrastructure in place is more difficult.

The center looked at the May 7 election for signs of public sentiment on renewable energy, and what it found is not encouraging.

Three Michigan communities had measures on the local ballot relating to industrial wind farms, and all three were defeated.

Voters in Bay County recalled a township supervisor who was pushing the development of wind farms. Jonesfield Township in Saginaw County rejected a zoning change that would have enabled more turbines. And in Baraga County, voters turned down a zoning ordinance sought by a British wind power developer.

These are small communities, but indicative of the chronic problem utility companies have in siting wind farms. While the public may voice support for renewable energy, when it comes to seeing windmills – or solar panels – rise in their backyards, they want no part of it.

The Mackinac Center notes that the group Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition finds that more than “twice as many townships have restricted wind development in their zoning ordinances than have adopted permissive wind ordinances.”

Renewable energy is the future for America. But so are cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas and nuclear.

But at present, Michigan continues to need a mix of energy choices to keep its economy healthy and growing.

Renewable energy is not advanced enough to satisfy 100% of the state’s energy demand. Prematurely choking off other power sources won’t change that reality.

Source:  The Detroit News | May 15, 2019 | www.detroitnews.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky