greg macmaster en Lawmakers resist wind turbines in the Great Lakes <p>Two northern Michigan representatives want to keep the picturesque shoreline of the Great Lakes free of spinning wind turbines.</p><p><a href="">New legislation introduced</a> by Republicans Greg MacMaster and Ray Franz would stop any proposed research or production of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes that border Michigan.</p><p>It would also ban it for the future.</p><p>Critics say the bill lacks foresight.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We think it is a mistake to limit research in this area," said James </span>Clift<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. "We have a number of universities who have gotten grants to do research on offshore wind. It may be decades down the road, but to restrict our ability to even learn the possibilities there is extremely shortsighted."</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:19:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12952 at Lawmakers resist wind turbines in the Great Lakes Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid <p>State lawmakers are considering legislation that would <a href="">open more state owned land to horseback riding.</a> But the proposal could also end up costing Michigan millions of dollars in federal grant money.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation committee is scheduled to discuss the <a href=";objectname=2011-HB-4684">horseback riding bill</a> Wednesday. The bill&rsquo;s sponsor says opening up more state parkland to horseback riding could increase tourism.&nbsp;</p><p>But Erin McDonough says the state could lose $25 to 30 million&nbsp;in federal grant money. McDonough is the executive director of the <a href="">Michigan United Conservation Clubs. </a>The federal grant money is intended to promote hunting and McDonough says increasing horseback riding would negatively affect land the state bought for hunting.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;There&rsquo;s a way to have a balance.&nbsp; And there&rsquo;s a way for everybody to have recreational opportunities on all those lands,&quot;</em> says McDonough.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>McDonough says supporters of the bill do not believe federal officials will follow through with a threat to cut the grant funding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan has approximately 80 thousand recreational horseback riders using around 25 hundred miles of trails around the state. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:15:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 4882 at Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid