A senior House Republican who opposes federal climate change regulations doesn’t want to fight that battle in negotiations over the debt ceiling.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a senior Energy and Commerce Committee member, told Environment & Energy Daily that he wants a “clean” debt-ceiling increase free of climate riders.

Whitfield, who alleges the power plant rules are a major threat to the coal industry and jobs, chairs the Energy and Power Subcommittee.

House Republicans — along with some centrist Democrats — have voted repeatedly to block greenhouse gas regulations, but the bills haven’t advanced in the Senate.