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West Virginia’s senators, both Democrats, don’t see eye-to-eye on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon pollution standards for future power plants.

Manchin, the coal-producing state’s junior senator, bashed the rule Friday by alleging it holds the coal industry to “impossible standards” and that meeting the emissions limit is “technologically impossible.”

“If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar, and economic uncertainty will grow,” he alleged in a statement.

But Rockefeller, who is not seeking reelection next year, took a different view of the new-plant rules EPA proposed Friday. He said the standards can be met — if there’s a more concerted effort to push carbon-trapping technology into the commercial mainstream.