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New research suggests increased ethanol fuel use could be dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan.
A study by scientists at Michigan State University shows ethanol use in the state is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1.4 million metric tons each year, the equivalent of emissions from 294,000 cars. Ethanol fuel production, meanwhile, has nearly doubled in the past seven years, from 276 million gallons in 2007 to 452 million in 2012.
The findings suggest ethanol could serve as one tool to slow global warming, experts said.
For the full article, see "Ethanol Use In Michigan Cuts Greenhouse Gas, Study Finds", Inside MIRS Today, November 22, 2014.
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David Worthams, "Before the lame duck is carved, a few words for the room" : My fellow lawmakers, my honored guests, my staff and family and sergeant at arms: Before I go back to my district, there are some things I’d like to put in the record…
Jeffrey Polet, "Traffic-jam thoughts on the road to incivility" : There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free — and rude.
Nowadays, campaigns seem to increasingly rely on ad blitzes to overcome terrible strategy.
The end result is nobody's television (and laptop, tablet and smart phone) will be safe from grating ads.
You know how people bemoan everything's worse now (music, TV, movies) than when they were growing up?
Well, political ad spending really is getting worse. That's fueled by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that allow people to donate more to campaigns and political parties and spend unlimited amounts on independent groups like SuperPACs.
U.S. Senate Democrats tried to push back against porous campaign finance law (i.e. Citizens United), but they've now lost the majority, so good luck with that.
About $4 billion (billion with a "B") was spent on the last election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
CNN helpfully notes that's 10 times more than the U.S. government committed to fighting Ebola (Hey, remember when we were all terrified of Ebola? Good times).
Nationally, $1 billion (a quarter) was spent by outside groups.
In Michigan, 75 percent of spending in the gubernatorial race came from outside the two campaigns. The same goes for the U.S. Senate race, as of September.
We know little about who's funding these independent groups dominating our airwaves.
But one thing is for certain: They're not going away anytime soon.
For the full editorial, see Susan J. Demas, "Big money pours into 2014 Michigan election for winners and losers", MLive, November 21, 2014.
Some West Michigan school districts could be joining the ranks of others across the country, making snow days obsolete by having students log into laptops and tablets for online lessons when their classes are canceled.
For the full article, see Monica Scott, "Ending snow days? West Michigan school leaders talk online lessons when classes are canceled", MLive, November 21, 2014.
Jack Lessenberry, "Same Ol’ (Electoral) Issue, Different Day… " : Democrats seem to have a hammerlock on the state’s electoral votes.
Dave Worthams, "Viewpoint: Conservative Support for Gay Marriage" : In the ten long years since Prop 2 passed, our state’s landscape has shifted.
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