Democrats in coal states diverge on Obama policies
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – 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 that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. The agency standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions while guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013.
Along the rolling hills of this tiny Ohio town, campaign signs for judges, state legislators and county officials crowd the neat lawns. As the road curves toward the interstate, one banner overshadows them all: “End the war on coal. Fire Obama.”
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