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Michigan scientists urge support of EPA

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Scientists from Michigan universities and colleges say politicians should not jeopardize public health by weakening EPA authority.

More than 160 scientists from Michigan universities and colleges  say they oppose attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to uphold the Clean Air Act.

Congressional Republicans – and a few Democrats – say the EPA has too much power. They also believe the Clean Air Act puts crippling restrictions on business.

David Karowe  is a professor of biological sciences at Western Michigan University.

He says politicians are not in the best position to make informed decisions about what is in the best interest of public health.

“I think that they have to listen to the science, and the science is very clear that regulation of greenhouse gases is necessary in order to safeguard the future of public health of Michigan citizens and citizens throughout the world,” Karowe says.

Karowe  says if the EPA’s authority is weakened, Congress will endanger public health by increasing the likelihood of deadly heat waves, floods and droughts.