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Letter: Schuette is right to oppose EPA

In February, the United States Supreme Court issued an unprecedented stay order halting implementation of the executive power grab colloquially known as the “Clean Power Plan.”

But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is still pushing to implement the plan, which will cause the price of electricity to increase, placing jobs at risk and costing Michigan families more.

The president has an obligation to prioritize policies that make sense to act on, while keeping in mind the consequences and budgetary realities of those policies and the proper role of the executive and Congress. Yet, the Clean Power Plan represents another costly executive overreach, with no consideration of the practical effects on Michigan’s citizens. The president’s Clean Power Plan will cost billions in compliance and will cause energy prices to rise.

Michigan residents already pay the highest electric rates in the Midwest. The costs of the rule the EPA is still attempting to implement despite being told to halt implementation will threaten our most reliable energy sources and potentially disrupt Michigan’s manufacturing-based economy.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette isn’t ignoring Michigan’s important natural resources, or the need to protect our lakes, rivers, forests, and air from hazardous chemicals or leaking petroleum. Schuette has been an outspoken leader in favor of policies that protect our environment. Whether it be demanding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry deny a permit to a company wanting to run oil through a 98-year-old pipeline on the bottom of the St. Clair River, or pushing to remove the Line 5 petroleum pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac, Schuette is acutely aware of the importance of Michigan’s natural resources and is working to protect them.

Attorney General Bill Schuette stands on the right side of history, with respect and regard for the rule of law.

Samantha Dravis, president

Rule of Law Defense Fund