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Michigan has several appliance brands that have research and development in the state, providing some great jobs, mix in the state universities, a goal of moving the bar for energy star appliances, and more great jobs become available in the state. With the opportunity for low cost sustainable electricity, manufacturing jobs may flow back into the state as well
If you come to Michigan - you will find that Ford, GM and Crysler vehicles dominate the roads, because people who live here know the economy is tied to those brands. The same thing is true in offices where Steelcase is dominate in the state. Whirlpool is a very common appliance, because they are here. Appliance manufacturing used to be a big deal here, but most of it has moved off shore....
That's really interesting-- and definitely goes to show how each locality/region/state needs to be approached differently. There are unique aspects that might work for Michigan that won't work for areas that are more made up of transient populations (which has been more typical of the places I've lived). Thanks for these insights, Doug.
This is definitely one of those issues that most people wouldn't think about until it's too late, but in an emergency situation it's definitely evident how important it is to consider backup power for cell towers. I'm curious if you've seen any similar momentum in other areas-- flooding in hurricane-prone areas or tornado zones in the dust bowl, for example?
Thanks for that question, Bob. I wondered how this would work, and I also wondered what specifically the Supreme Court found misleading in the ballot inititiative (comparing what was stated with what the court found would answer plenty of questions for consumers).
Robert, do several sets of wires hang from utility poles in Florida, from which customers can choose their provider of electricity? This seems like a bit of a strawman-- of course that's not the case, but no proponents of deregulation have every claimed that this was the goal. Having customers go from absolutely no choice to having a say in which electric supplier they are paying for...