Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Church of Lake Michigan Doesn’t Need Wind Farms

When I need to clear my head I drive to Muskegon State Park and stare at the Lake Michigan horizon. When I need to burn energy I swim out into the Lake as far as I can stand. And if I need to converse with God, I’ll watch the sun dip into that great expanse of water. Lake Michigan is my church.
I believe in the sanctity of Lake Michigan. Some things you just can’t put a price on, and that holy water is one of them. Propellers on my horizon are tantamount to pornography in a place of worship. At what point do we stop talking profit and start talking about the unique character and beauty of our great state, of our everlasting souls?

If money is your motivation for allowing these salesmen to put wind farms on your horizon, start asking yourself a few questions: What happens to the jobs when the wind farms are functional? Is the short-term gain of a few soon-to-disappear jobs worth the long-term loss of Michigan’s tourism industry, to say nothing of property value? Mark my words; these eyesores will kill the Lakeshore. I’m reminded of the image of the happily oblivious family barbecuing in their yard while a nuclear power plant looms in the distance. If the manufacturing economy is gone, then the tourism industry is the future, and nobody wants to vacation under the power lines.
With Asian carp threatening the Great Lakes, these wind farms are the last thing we need. So-called “green” democrats remain silent on both issues, even supporting the wind farms. How is it that the party who claims to hate corporate greed is talking about the financial benefit of defiling the world’s greatest natural resource? It’s the epitome of hypocrisy to cheer green energy at the expense of the environment. Real environmentalist, those with a religious bond to Michigan, know that these wind farms are fool’s gold.

Muskegon and other Lakeshore communities need to stop and think about what makes us unique and what we actually value. Hopefully you’ll agree that these wind farms are a mistake. I, for one, will fight to the bitter end to defend my right to worship.

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's been a Pure Michigan Year so far...

Among my Northern Michigan adventures this past week, on Wednesday I headed for the Upper Peninsula for a winter hike around Tahquamenon Falls. I snapped a few pictures with my phone and tweeted from the park. Low and behold, my beloved Pure Michigan took note and featured my photo on the Pure Michigan blog. Check it out, here - scroll to the bottom for the Twitter photos, mine is first in the slideshow. Awesome start to 2010.