WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Kentucky may be well
positioned to meet a carbon emission target for power plants set
by federal regulators, even as U.S. Senate candidates there
blast the plan, saying it will cripple the state’s coal
The Environmental Protection Agency seems to have listened
to feedback from state officials before the rollout on Monday,
said John Lyons, Kentucky’s assistant secretary for climate
WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell on Tuesday introduced a bill that would try to block
newly proposed government regulations that seek to curb carbon
emissions from U.S. power plants.
McConnell, a Republican who represents Kentucky – a major
coal-producing state which is also reliant on coal for
electricity generation – faces a tight re-election battle in
November’s elections and has been campaigning on a promise to
protect the state’s ailing coal sector.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama’s signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance.
Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power prices; environmentalists and many Democrats hailed it as a landmark measure making good on Obama’s pledge to tackle climate change.