Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) blasted President Obama’s proposals to address climate change, saying new regulations on power plants would unfairly burden 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,” Manchin said in a statement.
“It’s clear now that the President has declared a war on coal,” he added. “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.”
The Democratic senator’s comments highlight the tough — and bipartisan — resistance facing the White House’s new energy proposals.