Several environmental groups in Michigan are not happy with President Trump's executive order ending the Clean Power Plan.
Ecology Center health outreach coordinator Mara Herman says the order will have a devastating impact on the health of Michigan residents while Sierra Club Director Regina Strong says recent extreme temperatures and weather events indicates we should be ramping up efforts to address climate change, not scaling them back.
Congressman John Moolenaar supports the president’s decision saying it will help make America more energy independent and it will benefit Michigan with affordable electricity.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Clean Power Plan would have saved American families $55 billion to $93 billion per year starting in 2030 and would have helped avoid more than 140,000 asthma attacks in children.
Note also that although smokestack emissions have gone down as a result of the Clean Power Plan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services still recommends limiting consumption of certain species of fish caught in Michigan due to high levels of mercury contamination that has been linked to coal fired power plants.