Michigan Vote NO on Propostion 3

The modern era of energies is now steering away from fossil fuels and to new alternatives. Many of these alternatives have the potential for successful, sustainable use in the United States.  Biofuel is one of those alternatives being perused. It has potential; however, the Mascoma Biofuel plant in Newberry, MI is one of the first of its kind.  Biofuel relies on organic matter (this particular process uses aspen wood chips) to produce ethanol, typically with an input/output ratio of 1:1 up to 1:5.

Where this becomes a problem is using this technology on a large commercial scale, like the Newberry plant is planning to do. This also has the potential to have mandated increase by Proposal 3 in the 2012 election. If passed it changes to the State Constitution of MI that will change the mandated output from 10% to 25%. The amount of projected output in ethanol will have equal increase in timber harvest. Based of forest maturity rate this will result in unsustainable deforestation.  This is not a certainty but a realistic concern for potential catastrophic consequences for our forests based on this proposal.

Vote NO on Prop. 3

This is part of the Commercialism of Bio-fuel: Sustainability of Alternative Energies research proposal

Produced by NMU BS Undergrad Student of Environmental Study & Sustainability

concentration: Geometrics


4 thoughts on “Michigan Vote NO on Propostion 3”

  1. I wish I had more confidence in the corporate utilities charged w/ implementing these alternative energy efforts. Here in the Upper Thumb we just got through 39 hours w/o power ( as of 1 hour ago… and 3 brief outages since) . The infrastructure here has been so neglected, yet we’re to trust their words that they’re working for our energy future. We’re dealing w/ power provided on the cheap & experience it frequently. Our provider, DTE, is dedicated to their own fut


  2. of the total road transport fuel in the UK or 1,440 million litres. By 2020, 10% of the energy used in UK road and rail transport must come from renewable sources – this is the equivalent of replacing 4.3 million tonnes of fossil oil each year. Conventional biofuels are likely to produce between 3.7 and 6.6% of the energy needed in road and rail transport, while advanced biofuels could meet up to 4.3% of the UK’s renewable transport fuel target by 2020.


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