But 75% of Michigan homes are heated with gas, and renewables produce just 8% of electricity
By Tom Gantert
A far-left environmentalist group is calling for people to walk off their jobs on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 to demand “climate justice for everyone.”
“This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels,” the website stated. “Our house is on fire — let’s act like it.”
The call was posted on the website GlobalClimateStrike.net, which lists several locations in Michigan where participants can congregate. These include Traverse City, Manistee, Mount Pleasant, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Marshall, Auburn Hills, Ann Arbor, Troy, Dearborn and Port Huron.
Other than demonstrations, the most concrete call to action posted on the group’s website appears to be this: “We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels.”
In Michigan, fossil fuels represent most of the energy used to heat and illuminate our homes and businesses. Three-quarters of the homes in Michigan are heated by natural gas. Coal-fired generation plants provided Michigan 32% of its electricity, as of May. Gas produced 27% and nuclear plants provided 31%. By comparison, renewable sources (not including hydroelectric) provided 8% of Michigan’s electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the following in an email: “Our CO2 emissions are 14% below 2005 levels, the six major pollutants tracked by the EPA have decreased by 74% since 1970, but over that same period we’ve increased the amount of energy we use by 44%. Fossil fuels provide the country with over 80% of the energy that we need to power our daily lives, and the rapid improvements in technologies mean that we are now using those fuels far more cleanly and efficiently than we have ever done before. The demands that we stop using them are a suggested cure that is far worse than the perceived disease.”
Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute, characterized the group’s claims that the Earth was akin to “a house on fire” as “extremely overblown.”
Me Here....I just have to wonder how long these wackos could live in a cold house with dead smart phones? I think the cure is to have them live that way for just 48 hours.
CO2 is not the problem they have been brain washed to think it is. CO2 is what plants need to live. Without plants, all animal life is dead.
America, even though President Trump has removed us from the Paris Climate Treaty, is the only nation that is meeting or exceeding the goals. The rest of the nations are failing. Heck, all they wanted was our tax dollars and to cripple our economy! So we are winning on all counts. It is time for the rest to get with the program and catch up to us!