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On the same day in late June that the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved legislation to curb greenhouse gases and invest billions in developing wind and solar energy, Mariah Power displayed one of its distinctive vertical axis wind generating turbines at the Michigan Energy Fair in Onekama, Mich.
Four years ago, when the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association chose this tiny Lake Michigan town to host an annual display of the latest in alternative energy technology, most residents of Manistee County thought of climate change and clean energy with the same disregard as lawmakers in Washington. Global warming, if it was a problem at all, had barely reached nuisance status. And alternative energy was seen here as little more than a novelty for tree huggers and the wealthy.
This year, however, the Michigan Energy Fair attracted 5,000 visitors over three days. And today Manistee County is home to Mariah Power, which builds its Windspire turbines in a new manufacturing plant 10 miles away that employs more than 40 people now and is expected to employ more than 100 people by the end of the year.