Congressman Reacts to Obama Announcement of EPA Power Grab
Washington, D.C. – August 5, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — President Obama announced that his Administration has finalized their “Clean Power Plan,” an effort to heavily regulate power plants across the country. This plan, which will place emissions caps on already struggling plants, is expected to increase the cost of energy for many Americans. Dr. Benishek released the following statement in response:
“Hardworking families and seniors across Northern Michigan already pay some of the highest energy rates in the country. They shouldn’t be forced to pay higher rates, and possibly choose between a warm home and food in the winter, just because President Obama and some Washington bureaucrats want to impose new national energy taxes. Instead our resources and efforts should be focused on innovation and developing our domestic energy sources. I will continue to oppose this federal overreach in order to protect our district from needless rate increases.”
Dr. Benishek recently voted in favor of the REINS Act, a bill which would require costly regulations such as these to obtain Congressional approval before going into effect. In addition, Dr. Benishek has worked with federal and state officials to avoid additional increases in Upper Peninsula energy rates as a result of the forthcoming regulations from the Obama Administratoin.