Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe yesterday spoke about the importance of growing Virginia’s coal industry, even though he has previously spoken of moving completely past coal as an energy resource.
Opposition is growing to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations on new power plants and the Obama administration is considering revising the rules, according to news reports.
The Obama administration is rushing to finalize regulations that will effectively kill coal power in America, the Washington Examiner reported.
Nearly half of state governments are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block an anti-coal energy regulation that will increase energy costs by $10 billion per year while saving a couple of million dollars in health costs annually.
Virginia Democratic Senate nominee Tim Kaine is using his union backers to deflect criticism of his history of supporting anti-coal regulation.
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren worked on behalf of a coal mining company to help suppress health care benefits for retired coal workers.
Regulations on the coal industry are driving massive layoffs and the shuttering of coal plants in Pennsylvania, injecting environmental issues into that state’s hotly contested Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican challenger and coal mining executive Tom Smith.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) voted for a job-killing federal environmental regulation that will cause coal-fired power plants to shut down in the state of Ohio, despite previously acknowledging the negative economic consequences the regulation would have on his home state.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) voted yesterday for massive new regulations on the coal industry despite claims on her website that she is not afraid to buck the party line to protect her state’s coal-fired power plants.