Two northern Michigan representatives want to keep the picturesque shoreline of the Great Lakes free of spinning wind turbines.
New legislation introduced by Republicans Greg MacMaster and Ray Franz would stop any proposed research or production of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes that border Michigan.
It would also ban it for the future.
Critics say the bill lacks foresight.
"We think it is a mistake to limit research in this area," said James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. "We have a number of universities who have gotten grants to do research on offshore wind. It may be decades down the road, but to restrict our ability to even learn the possibilities there is extremely shortsighted."