The Obama administration on Monday unveiled the new plan to cut pollution at power plants across America. The plan means that 1,000 power plants will need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
Michigan Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek feels this is a bad idea for Northern Michigan, and could lead to the loss of jobs in the region. In a release issued shortly after the new plan was announced, Dr. Benishek had this to say: "When regulators in Washington make these types of proposals, they never seem to take into account the damaging effects they will have on local job providers and citizens. As a doctor who ran my own medical practice for nearly 30 years, I want Washington bureaucrats to understand that when they issue these type of regulations, real, hard-working Northern Michigan families are impacted. This job-killing mentality in Washington needs to end. It is costing American families money and making for a less secure future in energy production," said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon and Iron River native. Benishek has signed a letter to the EPA asking for an extension to the comment period.