Manchin: Obama Has ‘Declared A War On Coal’

Reacting to President Barack Obama’s speech on climate change Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) said that the president has “declared a war on coal.”

Obama called on curbing carbon emissions, in part by pushing the development of “clean coal” technology and encouraging the use of natural gas, in a Georgetown University speech earlier today.

“The regulations the President wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it’s not feasible, it’s not reasonable,” said Manchin, who represents a significant amount of West Virginia coal industry, in a statement. “It’s clear now that the President has declared a war on coal. 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.”


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