Coal-state Republican warns Obama’s climate plan could harm economy

July 6, 2013

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said Friday that President Obama’s plan to impose limits on carbon dioxide emissions would disenfranchise her coal-rich state and result in job losses across the country.

“His regulatory agenda would not only cost West Virginians jobs, but it would deliver a severe blow to our nation’s economy and any hopes of becoming energy independent,” Capito said in a statement.
Capito’s comments were in response to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, which showed that the economy gained 195,000 jobs in June and that the unemployment rate remained 7.6 percent last month.

“While today’s report shows a glimmer of hope for our nation’s economy, coal-rich states like West Virginia should be very concerned,” Capito said.

Obama has said the changes would reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020 and “put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution.” The program also is to boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

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