- Former Shell Oil President, Top Gov. Snyder Staff Share Vision for American Energy Renaissance at Major Detroit-Area Forum
Hofmeister left Shell Oil Company to found Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit that educates people about how to go green at the local level. He says CFAE was founded on a non-partisan platform in 2011 to educate citizens and government officials about affordable energy solutions, environmental protection, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life.
- Consumers Energy leads energy optimization in Michigan businesses and homes
The Renewable Portfolio Standard requires 10 percent of the state's energy portfolio be renewable by 2015, Malone says. In 2008, Consumers Energy was producing 4 percent renewable energy, he says, but opened its first wind farm in Mason County.
- Michigan Saves makes going green easy and affordable
More than 2,000 homes have been improved through Michigan Saves, she says, and each homeowner saves, on average, $450 each year on their utility bill. Using a network of local credit unions, Michigan Saves brings financing and contracting experts together to identify ways to lower homeowners' utility costs, Metty Bennett says.
- Valerie Brader: Working to ensure Michigan's energy and environmental future
The adaptability of future energy policies is incredibly important to Gov. Snyder, Brader says. Future energy and environmental policies will focus on affordable energy, reliable energy and protecting our environment, she says, which aim to suit a variety of futures.
- Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan lowers fuel costs and could create jobs, decreasing dependence on foreign energy
Because of the influx of media coverage of hydraulic fracturing, Cook says, people think the process is new and they are increasingly skeptical. "This is something we've been doing for 50 years," he says, "and we've had no problems of any contamination of water wells in northern Michigan."
Kurt Cobb: secrets and treachery of the arrival of peak oil
- Kurt Cobb talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
"Peak oil is the point at which the worldwide production reaches its highest level that it will ever reach and thereafter it begins an irreversible decline," Cobb says. "It's a reality in the United States where peak oil occurred in 1970."
It's important, says Cobb, because economic growth in the world depends on an ever-increasing supply of cheap oil.
"We went and got the easy oil in the first 150 years of the oil age and now we're going after the hard to get oil," says Cobb. "That's the stuff that's in the arctic and the deep waters of the ocean.
"It's expensive and dangerous to get and it flows at a slower rate, and it can be very costly in environmental terms to get this oil out of these difficult to reach places as the BP oil spill showed us last spring and summer."
The fastest way to adapt to a peak oil scenario is to reduce consumption, Cobb says.
"We could share rides and immediately cut gasoline consumption drastically," Cobb says. "There's a lot we could immediately without severe hardship."
Click on the arrow above to hear Cobb's February 13 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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