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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013

Obama administration attacked on new EPA regulations, ‘not feasible’ says West Virginia Democrat

The Obama administration has released its new regulatory agenda, which includes new environmental regulations targeting everything from carbon dioxide emissions to pollution run-off from military ships and mileage on trucks.

Even the former Green Energy Czar has been part of protests attempting to help the coal industry from Obama regulations Van Jones tweets photo of arrest at coal rally

Even the former Green Energy Czar has been part of protests attempting to help the coal industry from Obama regulations
Van Jones tweets photo of arrest at coal rally

President Obama recently announced his new plan to tackle global warming, which included capping carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. The administration’s regulatory agenda states that the Environmental Protection Agency will propose rules for new power plants this September, after missing a deadline earlier this year.

According to the agenda, the EPA will issue rules regarding emissions from existing plants in June 2014. The new power plant regulations have come under fire from lawmakers for putting a huge burden on the coal industry.

“The regulations the president wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it’s not feasible, it’s not reasonable,” said Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the U.S. behind Wyoming, which produces 338,900 short tons of coal annually. The coal mining industry is important to the state — it pumps millions of dollars into West Virginia’s economy every year, with coal exports growing nearly 40 percent from 2011 to 2012.

“It’s simply unacceptable that one of the key elements of his climate change proposal places regulations on coal that are completely impossible to meet with existing technology,” said Manchin. “The president has declared war on coal.”

“Given the size and impact of environmental regulations, it is really important to make sure that we get them right, that they are high quality,” Sherzod Abdukadirov, a research fellow at the libertarian Mercatus Center, told the Hill.

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