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President Simon talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR

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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, who helped bring programming like Greening of the Great Lakes to WJR, talks with Kirk Heinze about environmental issues in the state.

MSU is involved with alternative energy research. The university’s involvement in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center allows faculty to examine new energy resources and move away from the idea of ethanol. Simon says the future energy portfolio will be a mixed portfolio including clean coal, nuclear energy, energy conservation and even converting algae to energy—a project being researched at MSU.

MSU Extension helped out with the Gulf oil spill and the Kalamazoo river spill.

“If you think about the frustrations of the bureaucracy around the Gulf oil spill, you had a lot of jurisdictions, and you have a lot of people who were not necessarily there but who had responsibility and one of the things I think people underestimate about extension in difficult times is that they’re there and they can have a rapid response capacity that’s simply built into the organization,” Simon says.

Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Simon’s August 13 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation.  Greening of the Great Lakes airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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