Rep. Candice Miller (MI) in a recent op/ed:
Far too many of our family, friends and neighbors have lost their jobs as the auto companies have gone through painful restructuring and manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to lower-wage nations. There is no more pressing issue facing America than getting our economy moving again so jobs can be created.
That is why the endangerment finding last week by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency administrator that could trigger regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is so troubling. The announcement coincided with President Barack Obama's trip to the U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in a seeming sop to the international community to show movement on this issue in the United States.
In June, the House of Representatives passed a cap-and-trade carbon bill with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a response to global climate change. The Senate has yet to take up that legislation.
If the House bill were passed, the National Association of Manufacturers projects 2.4 million net jobs would be lost. The federal government's Energy Information Administration projects 2.3 million net jobs would be lost.