President Obama taking on coal-fired power plants

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President Obama is taking on coal-fired power plants.

As part of his plan to address climate control, the president is proposing stricter limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.

Under the proposal unveiled today by the EPA, new coal-fired power plants would need to install expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide and bury it underground.

A proposal to deal with existing power plants is due next summer.

Lawmakers in coal country are not happy.

Representative Hal Rogers said, "Coal keeps the lights on, Mr. President! That's what the courts, the Congress, and people from every corner of this great country have said to you loud and clear. These overreaching, unworkable greenhouse gas regulations will cost thousands more jobs and increase energy costs for every household, small business and our seniors on fixed income. When are the coal mining families and people of Appalachia going to get a break, Mr. President?"

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also attacked the president's proposal today, as well as democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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