Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nero Fiddles - Detroit Goes Energy Efficient, Plans to Save Tiger Stadium

We are amused by the recent Pig Book of Congressional Spending, if only for its Michigan entries. How about $951,500 by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and House appropriator Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) for downtown Detroit energy efficient street lighting? In a city with more trouble than it’s worth, this is as good as our elected officials in Washington can do. Well, OK, let’s also give them credit for the the $3.8 million earmark for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy , a 501c3 that has already held massive fundraisers. What happens if the effort to save Tiger Stadium fails, despite all the good intentions? That $3.8 million will go somewhere.
The state also has a gem along the lines of spending your money in the questionable name of energy. HB 4217, introduced in February by Democratic Rep. Fred Miller, would require the use of high efficiency light bulbs and electronic ballasts (used in fluorescent lights) in public facilities. The house passed it 69-35
The bill sits in committee on the Senate side.
And Michigan rolls.

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