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Peters Statement on Proposed EPA Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After reviewing the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to curb carbon emissions released this week, U.S. Representative Gary Peters today released the following statement. Peters supports taking action to set goals for carbon reduction because he believes that Michigan is in a unique position to answer this challenge by continuing to lead the country in clean energy development. Peters does have some concerns with the current implementation process, which he believes is unfair to Michigan. He encourages the EPA to use this review period to adopt a mid-term review process similar to what was included for the vehicle fuel efficiency standards. 

Representative Peters’ statement follows:

"Climate change poses a real threat to our Great Lakes and agricultural producers in Michigan, but it also presents an economic opportunity for us to continue leading the nation in clean energy solutions.

"We must take action to address climate change, but we must do so in a way that works for Michigan families, manufacturers, and our emerging clean energy sector. 

"The setting of achievable and affordable carbon reduction goals is an essential and important first step in the process. However, I am concerned that the proposed draft EPA rule imposes a more stringent standard on Michigan than surrounding Midwestern states. The rule needs to include a mid-term review process to ensure timelines are realistic and recognize that progress may not be linear. I believe that a process similar to what was adopted to increase motor vehicle fuel efficiency standards should be included in the EPA rule.  The implementation process should be fixed so that it works for Michigan, and I will work with the Governor, the delegation, and Michigan energy stakeholders and businesses to ensure we do this right while ensuring sustainable and reliable energy at predictable prices. 

"As this process moves forward, I am committed to finding practical, affordable, common-sense ways to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy, and strengthen Michigan’s economy."