With misleading ads concerning Proposal 3, that constitutionally requires Michigan to produce 25% of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2025, I thought it would be helpful to show Michigan’s real wind energy potential. The map below is a picture worth a thousand words, and puts to rest a thousand lies you’ll hear from the politicians, fossil fuel energy interests, and Great Lakes Energy in their attempt to keep Michigan in the energy Dark Ages and continue our addiction to environmentally destructive, unhealthy, and ever-costly forms of power.
Coal, oil, and gas are long-outdated energy sources that are hazardous to extract, pollute vast stretches of oceans, rivers, and groundwater wells, wreak mass destruction on forests, dirty the air we breathe, destroy fisheries and the livelihood of those that depend on them, kill wildlife and its habitat, and are responsible for Climate Change, which has already had devastating effects around the globe.
Despite what ads say about wind energy being inconsistent, unreliable, and too expensive, the Department of Energy Map below shows that Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline offers wind energy potential that rates as Excellent to Outstanding compared to other regions around the nation. It’s time we started taking full advantage of this resource.