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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, July 23, 2010

    MICHIGAN FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-op, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events


    Michigan Liberal is an excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.

    Blogging for Michigan is another excellent source of news, events and politics in Michigan.

    The Michigan Coalition for Progress is an independent progressive voice for the people of Michigan dedicated to holding elected political leaders accountable and moving Michigan forward.


    There are several companies in Michigan involved in helping energy customers switch to green energy, including landfill methane gas use (which reduces methane emissions from landfills while generating energy), wind power and solar power. The cost is generally less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour more than you currently pay for energy. By participating you contribute to reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up Michigan's environment, and stimulating Michigan's economy. Three important ways of helping your local community, local environment and local economy, all for less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy you use. In fact, buying green energy is cheaper in Michigan than in most states. When my wife and I made a similar switch in New York, we barely noticed the difference in our energy bill. We also switched to compact fluorescent bulbs at the same time and the energy savings reduced our bill by one-third even with the small increase from buying green energy. Together, we reduced our carbon footprint by about 30% while overall saving money. I highly recommend the switch.


    GreenCurrents is Michigan's voluntary renewable energy program. By enrolling, you are supporting the generation of electricity from Michigan-based, renewable energy sources. Eighty-nine percent of the renewable energy we provide comes from wind energy and 11% from biomass including landfill gas and methane gas from cow manure.

    The GreenCurrents program is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and strengthen Michigan's energy independence. Become a GreenCurrents customer today! It's a great way to create a bright future and a cleaner world.

    Choose the option that works best for you:

    Kilowatt-Hour Block Enrollment - $2.50/month

    This option enables you to choose a participation level that is right for you and your budget.

    You can purchase a "block' of 100 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for $2.50 per month. You can purchase up to 10 individual blocks. This monthly cost is in addition to your normal monthly electric charges.

    100 Percent Match

    This option enables you to match 100 percent of your monthly electric consumption for 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The monthly cost is based on the amount of kilowatt-hours used each month, and is in addition to your normal monthly electric charges.

    SIGN UP HERE to begin helping Michigan's environment and economy.

    BioDiesel Michigan

    Here are some biodiesel stations in Michigan. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Chums Corners: 365 US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684, 231-943-3749. Offers B10 (good for any diesel engine). FUELMAN 24 HRS or CREDIT 6-11; SUN-6-10.

    Petersen Oil: 6360 N Lafayette St, Greenville, MI 48838, 616-754-3254. Offers B5 and B20 (both good for any diesel engine). Open 6AM-7PM M-F; 8AM-4PM SAT

    Boland Tire Breckenridge: 120 S Pine St, Saint Louis, MI 48880, 989-842-5855. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Call for details.

    Admiral Petroleum: 1309 E Center St, Ithaca, MI 48847, 989-875-8752. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Karbowski Oil: 3790 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706, 989-684-7516. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Adventure EZ Mart: 3003 Whitehall Rd. Muskegon, MI 49445, 231-766-3563. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Atlas Oil Company: 29330 S. Wixom Road, Wixom, MI 48393, 248-374-8530. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Meijer Fueling Stations: 3825 Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, 734-973-1453. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Meijer Fueling Station: 3145 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, 734-997-3900. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Atlas Oil Company: 24344 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180, 313-295-1693. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Scharfs Service: 6650 E 10 Mile Rd, Center Line, MI 48015, 586-757-2708. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open M-F 6AM-7PM SAT 7AM-5PM; CREDIT OK

    Heritage Fuel Food: 3420 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, 248-853-1606. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 7AM-10PM.

    WOW Fraser: 31193 Utica Rd, Fraser, MI 48026, 586-296-1975. Offers B2 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Maybee Marathon: 7595 Bluebush Rd, Maybee, MI 48159, 734-587-2282. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open MON-SAT 6AM-9:30PM SUN 6AM-8:30PM.

    Red Baron Express: 974 Will Carleton Rd, Carleton, MI 48117, 734-869-2101. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Atlas Oil Company: 649 West Main Street, Stockbridge, MI 49285, 517-851-9129. Offers B5 (good for any diesel engine). Open 6:30AM-11PM.

    Randys Service: 8030 W Mason Rd, Fowlerville, MI 48836, 517-223-8503. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 5AM-7PM MO-SA 8-5 SUN.

    Wacker Oil: 9050 Mi State Road 52, Manchester, MI 48158, 734-428-8366. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B99 (not okay for some older engines, fine for newer engines). Open MON-SAT 7AM-9PM; SUN 8AM-9PM.

    Swan Fuel Service, Inc. 1615 E. Mason St. Dansville, MI 48819, 517-623-6087. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine). Open 24 HRS.

    Interested in Buying Biodiesel or Starting a SE Michigan Cooperative??

    Please email your name and contact information: leidel@oakland.edu to be added to a list of potential biodiesel users. The author of this site is campaigning for retail stations to carry B20, and a list of potential buyers will be invaluable. A business plan for a Detroit Metro cooperative is also in the works.

    Show your interest, Please!! email here: leidel@oakland.edu Please include full name & town of residence

    The Michigan Biodiesel Consortium is a group of individuals and businesses dedicated to improving the environment through the use of renewable fuels.

    Our mission is to educate consumers and industry of the environmental benefits of replacing fossil fuels with renewable fuel resources.

    We believe increasing farm production of seeds and grain, as well as renewal of waste oil can stimulate the Michigan economy. We will create jobs in the bio-fuel industry and join universities in development of technologies related to bio-fuels as well as promote renewable energy as a mainstream solution to dependency upon foreign oil.

    We will bring together urban municipalities, farming communities, labor, industry and individuals to capture the American spirit of independence and entrepreneurship, in the noble endeavor of creating a healthier, and more economically vibrant Michigan.

    If you are interested, contact them here:

    Don Lee
    Systems, production, and grease monkey extraordinaire.
    Cell: 616.304.6810

    Sarah Strong
    Grants, research and the brains of the operation.
    Cell: 616.890.0025

    Michigan Biodiesel LLC was formed with fifty-seven farmers and eight biodiesel distributors. It is almost ninety percent Michigan owned and strives to enhance rural development and value-added agriculture production.

    Michigan BioDiesel LLC is a group leading the way to the production and sales of B100 to distributors. Michigan BioDiesel LLC is the only full-service biodiesel group offering risk management, raw material procurement, plant construction know-how, biodiesel production and biodiesel sales and marketing services. All planned facilities will utilize batch system biodiesel production technology, methanol recovery and water recycling with zero water release from production, while becoming BQ-9000 accredited. Michigan BioDiesel LLC markets biodiesel to customers through its distributors to many industries including on-highway fleets, maritime, military, home heating and agriculture industries.

    Michigan Biodiesel, LLC
    700 Industrial Parkway
    Bangor, MI 49013

    If you need to contact us by phone, at 269-427-0804.
    The fax number is 269-427-0904.

    If you need to contact John Oakley, the CEO of Michigan Biodiesel, the email address is joakley@mibiodiesel.com

    Production Development and Chemical Process Manager: Robin Wason, the email address is rwason@mibiodiesel.com

    Sustainable Michigan-Peak Oil Meetup Group
    Come to a Sustainable Michigan/Peak Oil Meetup to generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness, promote sustainable development. Find others concerned about making Michigan sustainable in energy, food production, green building and other key areas related to relocalizing so that we are prepared in Michigan for any energy/resource decline. Get the support to BE the change. To find out more, join this group.

    Peak Moment in Monroe:
    Peak Moment refers to the period of energy, climate, and economic uncertainty that we now live in as humans rapidly approach the end of the Age of Oil.

    Meet others who share your concern. Generate ideas and discuss actions to raise public consciousness.

    Advocate for new urbanism and sustainable development. Explore the potential of alternative energy. And join others interested in community gardening. To find out more, join this group.

    MidMichigan Democracy for America:
    Website: mmdfa.blogspot.com
    Email Address: midmichigandfa@yahoo.com
    Mailing Address: MMDFA, P.O. Box 18153, Lansing, MI 48901

    MMDFA meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. All progressives are welcome.
    Location: SEIU Local
    1026 E. Michigan Avenue
    Lansing, MI
    across from Sparrow Hospital

    Lansing area DFA group - Listserve Sign-up:
    Subscribe MMDfA@lapn.net

    Monthly Berkley Democratic Club Meeting:
    Generally meets on Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm and all club meetings are open to the public. Bring your topics, ideas, and opinions to share and interact with other like-minded individuals!

    All meetings are held at Anderson Middle School, 3205 Catalpa, Berkley, Michigan in the Media Center. We welcome you to join us!

    Contact: http://www.berkleydems.org or info_at_berkleydems.org

    And for those who want to combine socializing with politics, here are some Michigan Drinking Liberally groups:

    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm
    * Dominick's, 812 Monroe St. (Behind and across the street from the Law Quad)
    * Hosted by Jenay Karlson, Leah Hanzlicek and Jeffrey Schultz, annarbor (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    * Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Graydon's Crossing, 1223 Plainfield Ave NE (just north of Leonard)
    * This month, we're meeting on Tuesday, 4 March at 7:00 for a Primary Results Watch Party
    * Hosted by Brent Geers and Phil Skaggs, grandrapids (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Houghton, Michigan
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Keweenaw Brewing Company, 408 Shelden Ave (Downtown Houghton)
    * http://drinkingliberally.wikispaces.com
    * Hosted by Jeremy Sandrik and Jon Maxwell, houghton (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lansing, Michigan
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Reno's East, 1310 Abbott Rd, East Lansing (Corner of Abbott and Saginaw)
    * Hosted by Julielyn Gibbons, lansing (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    * Second Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Mountain Town Brewing Company, 506 W Broadway St
    * Hosted by Abhik Roy, Will Tomlinson, Scott Dunn and Brandon Mayer, mtpleasant (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Oakland County, Michigan
    * Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Rochester Mills Beer Company, 410 Water St, Rochester (Downtown Rochester)
    * Great food and some great brews, bring a hunger and a thirst for Democracy!
    * Hosted by Ron Wasczenski, oaklandcounty (at) drinkingliberally.org


    People's Food Co-op & Café Verde
    214-216 N. 4th Avenue
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
    Phone: (734) 994-9174
    FAX: (734) 769-0150

    New Territory Market Cooperative
    132 Water St.
    Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
    Phone: (616) 926-9391
    FAX: (616) 925-2573

    Cass Corridor Food Co-op
    456 Charlotte Street
    Detroit, Michigan 48201
    Phone: (313) 831-7452
    FAX: (313) 832-4776

    East Lansing Food Co-op
    4960 Northwind
    East Lansing, Michigan 48823
    Phone: (517) 337-1266
    FAX: (517) 357-6086

    Dibbleville Food Cooperative
    106 East Elizabeth Street
    Fenton, Michigan 48430
    Phone: (810) 629-1175

    Simple Times Farm Market & Buying Club
    6081 E. Baldwin Rd.
    Grand Blanc, Michigan 48504
    Phone: (810) 771-4480

    West Michigan Co-op
    1111 Godfrey SW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
    Phone: (616) 248-0760

    Keweenaw Food Co-op
    1035 Ethel Avenue
    Hancock, Michigan 49930
    Phone: (906) 482-2030
    FAX: (906) 482-7845

    Hartland's Nutrition Connection Cooperative
    1898 Korte Street, PO Box 530
    Hartland, Michigan 48353
    Phone: (810) 632-7952
    FAX: (810) 632-7620

    Hillsdale Family Food Co-op
    31 N. Broad
    Hillsdale, Michigan 49242
    Phone: (517) 439-1397
    FAX: (517) 439-2443

    Brighton Food Cooperative
    2715 West Coon Lake Road
    Howell, Michigan 48843
    Phone: (517) 546-4190

    Ionia Natural Food Co-op
    Healthy Basics 2, 576 State St.
    Ionia, Michigan 58846

    Northwind Natural Foods Co-op
    116 S. Suffolk Street
    Ironwood, Michigan 49938
    Phone: (906) 932-3547

    People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo
    436 Burdick St. South
    Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
    Phone: (616) 342-5686
    FAX: (616) 342-0194

    Marquette Food Co-op
    109 West Baraga Ave.
    Marquette, Michigan 49855
    Phone: (906) 225-0671
    FAX: (906) 225-1169

    Green Tree Grocery
    214 N. Franklin
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858
    Phone: (989) 772-3221
    FAX: (989) 775-3961

    Grain Train Natural Food Market
    220 Mitchell Street
    Petoskey, Michigan 49770
    Phone: (231) 347-2381
    FAX: (231) 347-0046

    Rainbow Health Foods
    66783 Gratiot Avenue
    Richmond, Michigan 48062
    Phone: (810) 727-5475
    FAX: (810) 727-5475

    Choice Foods Co-op
    Royal Oak, Michigan 48073

    Oryana Food Cooperative
    260 E. 10th St.
    Traverse City, Michigan 49684
    Phone: (231) 947-0191
    FAX: (231) 947-2516

    Woodland Food Co-op
    116 N. Main Street
    Woodland, Michigan 48897
    Phone: (616) 367-4188

    Sturgeon River Co-op
    8469 Mentor Road
    Wolverine, Michigan 49799
    Phone: (213) 525-8419
    FAX: (213) 525-8419

    Ypsilanti Food Co-op and River Street Bakery
    312 N. River Street
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198
    Phone: (734) 483-1520
    FAX: (734) 483-1354

    Here are some Progressive Groups in Michigan:

    Gratiot County Democratic Party: You are welcome to join us at our regular meetings on the Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Community Room in the Alma Public Library.

    You can also help win the MI-4 Congressional seat from the Republicans by donating here.

    Monthly Flint, MI Progressive Caucus Meeting
    2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30:00 PM
    Asbury United Methodist Church, Flint

    Farmington Hills Club Meeting
    Farmington / Farmington Hills Democratic Club
    Third Wednesday of Every Month
    Starting at 7:30pm
    Web: http://www.ffhdc.org
    Phone: 248-615-9119
    Location: Varies...call or check out website for more info.

    Pontiac Democratic Club
    Third Saturday of Every Month
    Starting at 10:00am
    Pontiac City Hall
    47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac
    Phone: 248-338-7765
    Location: Pontiac City Hall, 47450 Woodward Ave., Pontiac


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