WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today
announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the
establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will
provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of
sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.
The centers—each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a
top university—are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new
bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new
products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial
funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with
plans for a total of five years of funding.
The following centers were selected based on an open
competition using outside peer review: the Great Lakes Bioenergy
Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
partnership with Michigan State University; the Center for Bioenergy
Innovation, led by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the Joint
BioEnergy Institute, led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;
and the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, led
by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats and well done...
After years of complaints about manure spreading and its potential to harm drinking water, state officials are advancing first-ever rules to limit animal waste on vulnerable soils of eastern Wisconsin.
target of the proposed regulations is farmland that lies over fractured
bedrock that, under the right circumstances, can serve as a conduit for
pathogen-laden manure to soak into aquifers and taint drinking water.
prodding from environmental groups and some rural residents, the
Department of Natural Resources is targeting 15 counties, including
those of metropolitan Milwaukee, for certain manure-spreading standards.... ...more
Notes: "The DNR has concluded that groundwater standards in eastern Wisconsin cannot be met with a one-size-fits set of regulations and that special actions must be taken in the region." About time especially as it relates to CAFO`s or mega farms, we are building cow cities and treating them like small farms. Digest and heat the effluent to 165 you can then sell it or use it as a far more safe product. It is organic and pathogen free...
STRATFORD - Last year Bill Greendeer
walked the entire length of the buried pipeline pushing Canadian tar
sands through Wisconsin.
of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk tribe, Greendeer spent 33 days walking what’s
known as Line 61 owned by Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge.
Tuesday morning, he was among a couple dozen people who saddled up
horses to ride along part of the route in central and northern Wisconsin
as a way to protest the pipeline that carries around 890,000 barrels of
tar sands each day and possible efforts to build another pipeline to
move more of the black sludge also known as bitumen.... ...more
Ken Notes: I think every pipeline and major powerline in Wisconsin should have a publicly accessible trail along it`s route with options for camping, recreation, and environmental studies.
Wisconsin’s environmental protection
agency has agreed to reconsider whether to let a Georgia investment
company fill Monroe County wetlands for a frac sand processing site.
Department of Natural Resources issued a letter Wednesday granting
Clean Wisconsin’s petition for a contested case hearing on a permit
allowing Meteor Timber to fill 16¼ acres of wetlands for its proposed
$65 million processing and loading facility...
Ken Notes: Good read, lets hope DNR gets this right. If we are going to have sand mines (and we are), we need to hold them to the fire and make sure they improve the land they effect. The private sector has used the industry to improve transit and other infrastructure, now it should at least it should be our turn.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive
part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to
settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its
motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels.
The Justice Department filed a new consent decree with the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia. It eliminated a requirement
that the Milwaukee-based company spend $3 million to curb air pollution
in local communities by paying to replace conventional woodstoves with
cleaner-burning versions... ...more
Ken Notes: H-D is hurting right now, I would negotiate a program that captures future profits for the betterment of the environment. If we had done this with the paper industry, Wisconsin would still have a thriving paper industry.
New small-scale dredging projects guidelines for the state`s lakes, rivers and streams has been finalized.
The DNR went to public comment about the general permit changes with more than 700 comments given by the public...
...Several groups, including Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lakes, Wisconsin
Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, the River Alliance of
Wisconsin, Manitowish Waters Lakes Association, Plum Lake Association,
and more than 30 others asked the dredging language be removed from
consideration. The opponents say even small scale dredging can damage a
lake`s ecosystem... ...more
SunPeak is a turnkey developer of commercial solar PV electricity systems based in Madison, Wisconsin. Businesses can be assured their turnkey project will be professionally handled from initial feasibility study to final commissioning. Projects typically range from 100 kW to 5 MW (hundreds to thousands of solar panels) and offer significant cost savings relative to conventional utility electric rates.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After a 10-year lull, Wisconsin’s aquaculture
industry is seeing growth with new farms raising fish destined for the
Chris Hartleb is a University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point biology professor who’s tracked the state’s
aquaculture industry. He told Wisconsin Public Radio that there’s been a
resurgence in the past three years with new businesses, often run by a
younger generation, opening up.
Fish farming in the state has traditionally centered on raising bait
and sport fish for anglers, but new aquaculture businesses are moving
the focus back to fish meant to be eaten... ...more
Ken Notes: Again good and bad ways to do this. I like the fish farms with aquaculture vegetable systems that actually create a little ecosystem. UWSP has a research/demonstration facility that is way cool and they offer a certificate program for farmers...
He was nationally known for his work cataloging landscape features to be preserved
Lewis, a nationally known professor of landscape architecture who was
instrumental in the preservation of a vast swath of meadow and wetland
that runs for 7 miles from Lake Farm Park to Dunn’s Marsh, died on
Sunday, according to former colleagues.
The Lewis Nine Springs E-Way
is an impressive example of the UW-Madison professor’s gift for
designing environmental corridors that enhance relationships between
people and nature, said Bill Lunney, a longtime Dane County Parks
Ken Notes: We need visionaries like this now more that ever. We must work together to accommodate growth for business while preserving areas like the E-Way. If we would stop yelling at each other we would find that the vary economic resources we need to preserve our natural resources is readily available form the private sector. And they are willing to invest if we stop telling them what to do and start asking for help...
Ken Notes: I sooooo wish that Environmental advocates were required to take a course in business economics and it`s importance in our economy. We would then be seen as advocates for clean energy and sustainability rather that clueless advocates for costly mandates. In the end we would be far more powerful and accomplish much more. Especially now when new technologies make green economically attractive...
The proposed Twin
Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service project
between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Chicago, and smaller cities in
between has completed a first milestone towards entering the federal
passenger rail program.
A recently released Purpose and Need Statement defines the purpose of
the project and the transportation needs it addresses. It is now
available at www.dot.state.mn.us/passengerrail/tc-mil-chi/...
Ken Notes: I can think of two huge funding sources, Sand Mines, and E-retail looking for entrance into the Chicago Market. Wisconsin missed out on the economic impact of this rail corridor the last time, ihope this time the get on board...
Green energy jobs are booming even without government support
On a nine-day trip to Mastatal, Costa Rica, in the spring of 2011, a group of Madison College students got a glimpse of the future.
They found about 100 people in the remote farming village living in
houses built by hand, with wood taken from the surrounding forest. The
homes had dirt floors, tin roofs, no running water and no electricity.
But the students helped the villagers get one modern convenience:
President Trump will nominate a prominent coal lobbyist and former Senate aide, Andrew Wheeler, to serve as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator, according to two senior administration officials.
a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, is a lobbyist for coal
giant Murray Energy and served as a top aide for Sen. James M. Inhofe
(R-Okla.) when Inhofe chaired the Senate Environment Committee. He has
represented Murray Energy — whose chief executive, Bob Murray, is a
prominent supporter of the president — since 2009. ...more
Ken Notes: So let me get this straight, instead of reviewing and controlling the EPA, the new goal is to turn the EPA into and advocacy agency for the industries that do anything but protect the environment.
A plan to improve the shoreline of Lake Superior along Wisconsin point in the city of Superior is close to becoming a reality.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine confirms that the state of Wisconsin awarded
the city with a grant worth $1.375 million for the improvements.
“I am very grateful to the state of Wisconsin for recognizing the
value of this project and investing in it so significantly,” Paine said.
The mayor says the project will improve water quality, restore the sand dunes, and generally improve public access to the beach.
Years of industry and commerce along the shoreline has caused
environmental concerns for both the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota... ...more
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
With today`s focus on natural, healthful and locally sourced foods,
a visit to a Wisconsin fish farm offers people of all walks of life the
ideal way to celebrate a quintessential pastime of summer. On July 15,
the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and member fish
farmers welcome Wisconsinites to experience fish farming and learn
firsthand how locally-grown, fresh fish are raised on today`s farms....Attn Press, you may want to write a story on this. Here is a link to the state web page on Fish Farms. There are good resources at the site. Also UWSP has a bunch of experts try Dr. Chris Hartleb Phone: 715-346-0123 CHartleb at uwsp.edu?...
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plan to limit manure
spreading in about 15 eastern Wisconsin counties is getting a tentative
thumbs-up from some environmental groups.
The proposed regulations target more than 87,000 acres of farmland,
according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The land lies over
fractured bedrock, which can serve as a pathway for manure to get into
aquifers and taint drinking water.
The rules include certain practices farmers must follow, such as
avoiding certain areas to reduce the possibility of polluting
Currently, regulations are uniform across the state. Special action
must be taken in eastern Wisconsin in order to meet the groundwater
standard, according to the department.
Scott Laeser of Clean Wisconsin told WPR on Tuesday the proposal released this week will encourage farmers to make adjustments.... ...more
Notes: Number of anaerobic digestors in Wisconsin <200 in Germany >6000....
The Door County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution
opposing the Back 40 Mine near Menominee at its monthly meeting Tuesday,
July 25. The resolution passed the county’s Legislative Committee
unanimously following comment from local and regional residents in
opposition to the mine.
“Considering our close proximity to the mine, to the Menominee River
and to Green Bay it would be very wise for this committee to oppose
construction and the digging of the mine,” said Dennis Skahen, former
Resource Development Specialist with the UW-Extension office in Door
Ken Notes: We do not learn from our past, in fact we seem intent on repeating it.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) - A large aquatic bird that has become a
familiar sight in Northeast Wisconsin is thriving in the Bay of Green
Bay. As Local 5`s Kris Schuller reports the American White Pelican now
makes our area its summer home.
On the churning waters near the
Fox River dam in De Pere - American White Pelicans perch. They are
members of a growing colony that has found a home on the waters of
“We have a pretty good population of white pelicans,” said DNR Wildlife Biologist Josh Martinez...
...“They`ll work together to herd fish into the shoreline or some other
obstacle and force them to the surface in shallow water and you`ll see
all their heads go down at one time,” said Mike Reed, director of the
Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary... ...more
Ken Notes: I thought I was seeing things when I saw a flock in Albany this spring.
WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...
MADISON - The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under
the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its sixth annual U.S. Dairy
Sustainability Awards in a June 28 Chicago ceremony. The program
recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices
improve the wellbeing of people, animals and the planet.
Registered Holsteins, Inc., Mount Horeb, won the award for Outstanding
Achievement in Resource Stewardship. Kinnard Farms, Casco, was one of
three winners for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability.... ...more
The Milwaukee County Parks system
held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to mark a $3.7 million project
aimed at reducing pollution at Bay View’s South Shore Beach. Good for
the county, but the fact that the beach was closed seven times in June
serves as a stark reminder that completion of the project can’t come too
Ken Notes: It is not as easy as saying the feds should fund it. We should be required to demonstrate need, cost effectiveness, and long term benefits as well as a funding source. We are in the dilemma we are in because we spent money we did not have on projects that were not well planned. I agree that the great lakes would be a very high priority, a great investment, with much economic gain and thus funding resources. So why not use this as example of how projects should be done responsibly.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on
Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster
child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies.
days before the tech tycoon’s visit, the Trump administration abruptly
removed two of the park’s top climate experts from a delegation
scheduled to show him around, telling a research ecologist and the park
superintendent that they were no longer going to participate in the
It’s premature to declare victory as Congress works to protect the
Great Lakes from President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of $300
million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but
action taken last week by the House Appropriations Committee is
By a 30-21 vote, the committee restored $300 million for the GLRI to
the budget. Many of the “no” votes such as that of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of
Howland, D-13th, weren’t opposed to the $300 million restoration, but
to other cuts made to Environmental Protection Agency funding... ...more
Ken Notes: This is truly and investment! We should ask Canada to match this...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
President Trump’s decision to withdraw
from the Paris climate accord last month has mobilized mayors across
the United States to double down on their commitments to tackle climate
change in their respective cities.
Part of this effort includes the Climate Mayors,
a group of more than 300 mayors who agreed to uphold the Paris climate
agreement and intensify efforts to combat climate change at the local
level. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is one of those mayors... ...more
In 1991, the City Council severely restricted the use of pesticides, and in 2002 Mayor Sue Bauman placed a moratorium
on the use of Roundup (glyphosate). In 2004, the city developed a
pesticide policy (see attached PDF), stating: “The City of Madison
agrees with the U.S. EPA that ‘all pesticides are toxic to some degree,
and the commonplace widespread use of pesticides is both a major
environmental problem and a public health issue.’”...
Ken Notes: This is very difficult to address. I have two acres on the Sugar River and I refuse to use ANY pesticides and herbicides, but I fight it every day - Just say no is tough for a private individual, difficult for a community, and impossible for a farmer. I also was a park and rec commissioner in Neenah and we had some of the best soccer fields in the state. but to keep them up judicious use of some chemicals was necessary. It was either that or take them out of play....
My guess is that Madison is VERY cautious in the use of what they apply and are minimalist in there efforts....
officials are weighing new tariffs on imported solar cells that, if
passed, would send shockwaves through the industry. By blocking the
influx of cheap panels from overseas, tariffs would stunt demand for
solar, dealing a critical blow to U.S. installers. By one estimate one-third of the solar workforce could lose their jobs.
We’ve actually run this experiment before. It didn’t turn out well.... ...more
The Water Council welcomes next round of entrepreneurs and graduates class of 2017
MILWAUKEE, WI, July 21, 2017 – The Water Council and Guest of Honor Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
announced today the fifth round of winners of the BREW Accelerator and
graduated the fourth round of startups during a special ceremony last
night at City Lights Brewing in Milwaukee.
The BREW Accelerator is the world’s leading seed accelerator focused
on innovation-driven startups with commercialization potential solving
global water challenges. The accelerator pairs the water-focused
startups with a community of credentialed experts, services and
resources of Wisconsin’s historic world water hub to help entrepreneurs
from around the world launch their businesses.... ...more
Ken Notes: This program will place Wisconsin on the map regarding water quality world wide. Support of the Global Water Center and these programs could well help attract foreign business to the state.
EMISSIONS: Clean energy groups and Xcel Energy tell Minnesota regulators to adopt a “much higher” social cost of carbon figure than is used now. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Clean energy groups are divided over the need for a 125-mile, $500 million transmission line proposed through southwest Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Illinois utility representatives say their customers are being hamstrung by high electric rates because their wholesale power supplier is over-invested in coal. (Southern Illinoisan)
• More libraries in Wisconsin are installing solar panels to help reduce energy costs. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
Ken Notes: Much more at the link...
MADISON, Wis. — According to the Wisconsin League of Conservation
Voters, a closed-door effort is under way to draft a bill that would
weaken the state`s mining law.
The group said the bill would pave the way for industrial acid mining,
also called sulfide mining. Mining companies have identified four
potential sites in northern Wisconsin with mineral deposits suitable for
Sulfide mining creates massive amounts of waste, and according to the
league’s executive director Kerry Schumann, that`s is a huge problem....
Ken Notes: Alas it is now about money and election results more than a concern for balance and our future. We ignore jobs and potential jobs in favor of promised jobs with the profit margins to promote politics and, well... more profit.
The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.
....In April, the Milwaukee Bucks’ new Wisconsin Entertainment &
Sports Center announced that it is being built with an eye to reducing
the arena’s footprint, ensuring energy efficiency, and furthering
sustainability. The Bucks contracted with Johnson Controls to install
smart building solutions that will be managed on a unified, intelligent
infrastructure including HVAC, building automation, security, lighting,
fire protection and information technology. The Wisconsin Entertainment
and Sports Center is a $524 million project, according to Sports Techie.... ...more
Wis. — Resistance to the Aquila Resources Back Forty Mine project has
grown steadily over the past few years, and members of the Wisconsin
Legislature have taken notice.
Thursday, State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Representatives
Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton), Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Eric Genrich
(D-Green Bay) introduced a bipartisan Joint Resolution opposing the mine
project along the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,
following in the footsteps of many municipalities who have voiced their
opposition due to environmental, cultural and economic concerns.
resolution contains references to the potential long-term effects which
could be caused by pollution from the mine, including the loss of
natural resources, species habitats and clean water; the possibility of
hazardous wastes degrading water quality and causing risks to human
health; the loss of Native American cultural sites and areas of
historical significance; and the loss of tourism revenue and reduction
of property values along the Menominee River and other affected bodies
LRB 3922 Joint Resolution is currently out for review and support,
which the legislators sponsoring it are sure it will receive. ...more
Door County is considering whether to become the last of the three
counties in Green Bay’s immediate watershed to pass a resolution
opposing a mine proposed near Menominee, Mich., along the Menominee
River. Despite the resolutions, Wisconsin governments do not have much
say in the permitting process for a mine located in Michigan, even if
the mine would affect a waterway shared between the two states.
Local governments, environmental groups and the Menominee Indian
Tribe of Wisconsin have criticized the mine for its possible
environmental and cultural impacts. The proposed open pit sulfide mine
would sit around 150 feet from the bed of the Menominee River... ...more
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced Thursday it received
accreditation for its public health program, making it the first in the
The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health attained
national accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.
Schools that win accreditation must pass a series of tests by peer
institution judges who determine if 20-plus criteria have been met
with curriculum, research, community engagement and retention rates.
Perez, interim dean of the Zilber School, said, “We can now be even
more effective in pursuing our mission of advancing population health,
health equity, and social and environmental justice throughout
Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond.” ...more
The name of the Driftless Region has always seemed a misnomer to me.
implies lacking something. The last glacier to plow through
Wisconsin didn`t touch this western portion of the state, so it doesn’t
have the glacial drift (sediment and large rocks) left behind in the
rest of Wisconsin.
But the Driftless is not less than in any way. In a state full of remarkable places, this area is its own kind of special paradise. ...more
Ken Notes: Yo may want to check out DriftlessNotes.com...
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Citizens’ Climate Lobby national conference in Washington, D.C.
been involved with CCL for about five years as a La Crosse chapter
co-leader. The seventh annual conference attracted 1,300 attendees from
almost every state and several other countries. With more than 400
active chapters in the United States, Canada and other countries and
more than 60,000 members, CCL is a rapidly growing organization...
Ken Notes: Good read...
STAR PRAIRIE – When Gov. Scott Walker
recently traveled to northwest Wisconsin to sign AB 160 (now Act 21)
into law, it marked the culmination of more than two years of hard work
by members of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) and state
“This is a historically
significant law for the aquaculture industry in Wisconsin as it
addresses numerous regulatory burdens that the industry has been
struggling with for decades,” said WAA president Peter Fristch, “It also
helps to put fish farming on a more level playing field by defining it
across statutes as agriculture.” ...more
Ken Notes: Thanks to the dozens of media outlets that ran stories on this...
Groups opposed to a proposed Monroe
County frac sand operation have dropped court cases against the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources but are continuing efforts to
overturn the agency’s approval of a permit to fill pristine wetlands.
DNR in May granted Meteor Timber permits to fill 16.25 acres of
wetlands to make way for a proposed $65 million processing and loading
facility that would serve a nearby mining site the Georgia investment
company acquired in a 2014 purchase of nearly 50,000 acres....
According to a new study, air pollution may have yet another harmful effect—reduction of solar energy production.
from Duke, the Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar and the
University of Wisconsin at Madison performed the research, which
appeared last month in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
The investigators—including Mike Bergin, professor in the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Drew Shindell, professor of
climate sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment—found that
solar energy production was reduced by about 17 to 25 percent in India,
China and the Arabian Peninsula due to particulates in the air.... ...more
Ken Notes: Now that is the Catch 22...
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NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Owners of wells that pump
more than 100,000 gallons of water a day are no longer subject to
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources review for maintenance and
replacement of existing wells.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill June 1 that reduces DNR oversight of
high-capacity wells, which are used mostly by farmers and industrial
The new law allows well owners to forego DNR review for well maintenance, reconstruction and ownership transfers....
CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) --
James Tinjum, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison`s Department of Engineering Professional Development
(EPD), will travel across four Midwestern states by bicycle in July to
visit wind turbines and bring attention to wind energy.... ...more
A 1989 settlement that released insurers, including a Liberty Mutual
Holding Co. Inc. subsidiary, from any future claims arising from
environmental contamination at five facilities did not include a New
Jersey storage battery facility because it was not specifically named,
says a federal appeals court in a divided opinion that overturns a lower
...After Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Cooper Industries acquired
McGraw-Edison, it discovered that several of McGraw’s factories,
including the Primary Battery plant, had potentially contaminated the
Ken Notes: This is going to be a problem going forward and I wonder how it will effect negotiated settlements...
MARINETTE — Opposition to the Back Forty mine project grew by one municipality on Wednesday evening.
City of Marinette formally passed a resolution during a special meeting
on Wednesday opposing a plan from Aquila Resources to open an 83-acre
mine in Lake Township, Menominee County, north of the Shakey Lakes
system and just about 50 yards from the eastern side of the Menominee
River. In addition to the resolution in opposition to the mine, the City
Council also passed a resolution urging Wisconsin legislators "to enact
legislation which would allow the adjacent Wisconsin State government,
Wisconsin county governments and local Wisconsin municipalities and
towns to have input on the regulation, permitting, operation and
reclamation of sulfide mining operations which pertain to sulfide mining
operations on Michigan/Wisconsin boundary waters." ... ...more
race marked the first time in which an international motor race of any
kind had lit up the Big Apple and the historic occasion didn`t
...The response to Formula E`s arrival in
New York had been overwhelmingly positive, with one local businessman,
Matt Lewis, telling CNN "we embrace them with open arms."...
Ken Notes: Wisconsin???
In just two
will start delivery of the Model 3, its long-awaited $35,000 sedan. After handing over the first 30 sets of keys, Elon Musk
will hustle back to the factory, where he hopes to build 20,000 more of
the ‘affordable’ electric cars by the end of 2017. Then production
really accelerates: Musk has pledged to build 500,000 cars in 2018, more
than double the total number of vehicles that Tesla has sold, to date.
Even if Tesla can deliver all those cars, cashing
checks is but a tiny part of building an automotive business. Perhaps
the bigger challenge for the Silicon Valley outfit is building the
infrastructure that will keep its cars charged, and fix them when they
break. Giant touchscreens and ludicrous acceleration may attract buyers,
but easy ownership will make them come back for more.... ...more
Ken Notes: Hmmmmm jobs, revenue, growth....
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business groups on Monday
defended twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac, saying
Enbridge Inc.`s Line 5 provides crucial energy supplies and is safer for
the environment than transporting the oil another way.
Representatives of several organizations, most with ties to the
energy industry, said the line should continue to operate with frequent
maintenance and close scrutiny. They differed with environmental
advocates who contend the nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) segment
beneath the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet is aging and
should be decommissioned... ...more
College Moves To Eliminate Fossil Fuels From Its Endowment Portfolio
The Northland College Board of Trustees has committed to eliminating
its investment in fossil fuels as a part of the college`s endowment
portfolio over the next five years.
Around $823,000 of the college’s $28 million endowment is invested in
fossil fuel companies, according to Mike Fiorio, Northland trustee and
financial advisor for Fiorio Wealth Advisors.
“The college’s endowment presently is invested in a portfolio of
capital market, securities, stocks and bonds.” He said Wednesday, “The
only thing that will change is what is presently allocated to fossil
fuels - oil, natural gas, coal what have you - will now be re-allocated
to the remaining portfolio.”...
Ken Notes: The publicity is good but the actual action does nothing to address the issues. I would keep the investments Transfer ownership to environmental students and send them to the annual meetings of these companies.
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