Obama is pushing forward new government regulations even though it risks the Democrats losing control of the Senate in this fall’s congressional elections, groups that follow such efforts say.
The EPA this week began public hearings — the next step toward a final rule — to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new coal plants. The rule would limit emissions to 1100 pounds per Megawatt hour, a level the coal industry says is technologically unattainable.
A federal appeals court has refused to hear a decision blocking an Obama administration effort to tighten restrictions on power plant pollution. On Thursday, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the administration’s request for a new hearing.
Southeastern Ohio coal miners are blasting an ad from President Obama that claims they were forced to “be props in (Mitt) Romney’s commercial.” On August 15, Romney appeared at an event in Belmont County surrounded by 500 coal miners, and claimed that unnecessary regulation by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency amounts to a “war on coal,” and has helped put thousands of miners’ jobs in jeopardy.
Mitt Romney is seizing the chance of the record high prices of gas in California to spotlight what he considers President Obama’s failed energy policies that have led to prices at the pump doubling over the past four years.