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AUDIO: Congressman Walberg reacts to climate change energy policy

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The White House has unveiled a new strategy to fight global warming that will require power plants to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030. Critics immediately surfaced, saying it will shut some of the plants down, costing jobs, interrupting power supplies and raising energy rates.

A staunch critic of the plan is Michigan 7th district Republican Congressman Tim Walberg, Branch County’s Representative in the U.S. House. Walberg said the proposed regulations are simply bad news for growing jobs and helping hard working families in manufacturing states like Michigan. Walberg contends that there is a good reason why President Obama can’t get these policies passed through Congress. According to Walberg, if the President were serious about an all-encompassing energy policy, he would recognize the importance of affordable energy sources for everyone.

However, environmental groups in Michigan were quick to support the proposals. Douglas Jester with 5-Lakes Energy says it should actually lower rates. A legislative committee chaired by Senator Mike Nofs of Battle Creek is scheduled to meet for the first time today to begin discussing the state’s energy future.