McConnell, Rogers ramp up attacks on Obama's climate plan

WASHINGTON (WYMT) - Two of Kentucky's top lawmakers on Wednesday continued voicing concerns about President Obama's plan to reduce climate change.

The president on Tuesday announced plans to limit carbon pollution at every American power plant - many of them coal-fired - for the first time.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., both said in speeches Wednesday the plan will hurt the already-struggling coal industry in Eastern Kentucky.

"It's not a coincidence that the president didn't give his speech before the election or that he gave it at a university that symbolizes the DC elite rather than somewhere in coal country," McConnell said. "He should have made this speech down at Morehead State University in my state or the University of Pikeville in my state."

Rogers said, "The president promised to bankrupt the coalfields and yesterday he took a giant step toward that reckless, shameful goal."

The president said his plan will promote a safer environment and encourage investment in clean energy technology.

His plan does not require the approval of Congress. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he plans to file legislation to try and stop it.

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