A-way back when, I would start every morning by scouring the internet for 5 things (more or less) that I thought folks who live in and/or love Michigan needed to know to post on Absolute Michigan. I am postive this will not be an every day thing, but I miss doing it so here goes…
Ford to Offer Small Bonuses
This first bit of news is brought to you by the letters W, T & F. The Freep is reporting that despite buyouts and a $12.7-billion loss last year, Ford Motor Co. announced bonuses yesterday – between $300-800 for salaried workers or more for management.
Read All Ford workers will get bonuses
Alternative Energy & Fuel Standard Fighting
Speaking of cars – or at least what powers them – Jeremy & Dave over at GROW Detroit are doing great work on covering alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently, a new bio-diesel plant in Milan and a “Green Generation” program that is producing electricity from a landfill north of Marshall. They also look at growing congressional impatience with foot-dragging on new fuel economy standards and offer a healthy dose of perspective:
Just as a matter of historical perspective, it is worth noting that Ford’s Model T got 21 mpg and was a “flex-fuel” vehicle capable of running on gasoline or ethanol. The Model A released in 1927 got 30 mpg â€” which is comparable or better than Ford’s entire 2007 line!
Walking the Lake Superior Shore in Winter
The Mining Journal has a story about Ed Shively, a Minnesota man who is attempting to walk the ice on the southern shore of Lake Superior from the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, MN to promote his software (which sounds kind of cool). Shively wears snowshoes to disperse his weight over the ice, a dry suit in case he breaks through the ice (which he has) and an ice pick to get out (which he has as well). He’s also blogging his trip by satellite phone, so check it out!
See Minnesota man tries walk across lake ice in the Mining Journal
Free Climate Change Symposium at MSU
Speaking of cool blogs, WWJ Newsradio says that the Michigan State University Environmental Science and Policy Program will host a free international symposium on climate change. Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Decision Making Under Uncertainty will take place March 15-16 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
MSU to host international climate change symposium
Retired Detroit Police & Firefighter Sue for Benefits
The Detroit News reports that retired Detroit police officers, firefighters and their families are in a court battle over city-imposed cuts to their health care benefits. Detroit has a retiree health care tab of almost $200 million that could approach $300 million by 2009. The city’s precarious finances would become much more so if they are forced to restore benefits for thenearly 8,000 affected and the whole issue raises the question of what responsibility employers have to honor their promises to retired employees.
8,000 city retirees fight benefit cuts in the DN.