Dems in coal states diverge on Obama policies


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy.

They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry, the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations.

The agency standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions. Guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013.


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Obama’s moves on clean air and fossil fuels have complicated the lives of Democrats in coal-rich states that count on mining for jobs and economic growth. This election year, incumbents and candidates are adopting drastically different strategies to ensure their own political survival.

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