Democrats are breaking ranks with the Obama administration on proposed regulations that could cost America jobs, claims the Daily Caller in multiple recent articles.
Filing a brief that the EPA has misinterpreted its authority under the Clean Air Act and is overstepping their power by requesting to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, Govs. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia and Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana are uniting for Coal, says the Daily Caller.
“The EPA’s proposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions threaten the livelihood of our coal miners to the point of killing jobs and crippling our state and national economies, while also weakening our country’s efforts toward energy independence,” said West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
This contingent of Democrats have brought the new emissions rules to the attention of the Obama administration, going so far as to claim it would “ruin the coal industry,” says the Daily Caller. They report that the proposed limits would prevent construction of new coal plants or the upgrading of existings sources. In a letter to the EPA, Beshear asked to drop the proposal that would require coal-fired plants to meet the same emissions standard as those that use natural gas or oil.