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Enviro-Mich message from Jim Dulzo <JimDulzo@mlui.org>

Dear friend,

Just a note to tell y'all that the Michigan Land Use Institute has posted
two new articles--one on coal, green power and Michigan politics; the
another about two townships in Benzie County that are planning to sprawl.

First, Keith Schneider reports that the rising cost of coal power could turn
Michigan's balky Legislature toward new green energy legislation, though big
utilities want to cut customer choice so they can hold on to enough
ratepayers to cover their coal costs. Think green and hold onto your wallet:


And Glenn Puit says that two Benzie townships are using sprawl-busting
legislation to break away from the county's award-winning master plan.
Though the law and plan reflect fine regional thinking, the townships are
working to facilitate sprawl. With hearings on March 4 and 5, Part One of
Glenn's two-parter reports why experts object to the townships' work.
There's lots of free parking at both hearings, by the way...(hint, hint!)


Thanks for your interest! Drive carefully...lots of Michigan mush on the
roads, if the ride from Beulah to Traverse City this a.m. is any indication.

Jim Dulzo
Managing Editor
Michigan Land Use Institute
231-941-6584 x 18

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