Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Officials from the Great Lake states are concerned about Asian carp (an invasive fish species that can grow up to 5 times the size of other carp) invading Lake Michigan, and eating the natural aquatic wildlife out of house and home. Commercial fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry on Lake Michigan alone and tourism that the lakes generate is a god-sent to struggling rust belt states like Michigan.
Several governors and attorney generals from the Midwest are asking for a summit at the White House to address the issue. The President, whose hometown of Chicago could stop the invasion by sacrificing some shipping lanes and closing some locks, seems remarkably unconcerned about the issue.