McConnell, Grimes oppose new EPA coal rules

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Associated Press

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 11:08 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, have criticized new rules proposed by President Barack Obama's administration governing emissions from coal-burning power plants.

McConnell and Grimes, in separate comments on Monday, said the regulations would put coal miners in Kentucky out of jobs and hurt the state's economy.

Obama announced his plan Monday. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions nationwide 30 percent by 2030 — when compared with 2005 levels.

Some states will be allowed to emit more pollutants than others, leading to the overall reduction.

McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is seeking a sixth term in Washington, D.C. Grimes won the Democratic nomination last month to challenge him.

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