LEXINGTON, Ky., June 2 (UPI) -- On the heels of the Obama administration's proposed sweeping changes to environmental policy, both candidates for Kentucky's Senate seat have come out promising to fight for coal in their state.
Challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell have each issued statements against the administration's new rules, saying they ignore the interests of Kentuckians.
"The impact on individuals and families and entire regions of the country will be catastrophic, as a proud domestic industry is decimated -- and many of its jobs shipped overseas," McConnell said in a statement.
"Those who don't lose jobs to foreign competitors will see higher utility costs and other living expenses at a moment they can least afford it. In short, the downstream effects of today's announcement will be staggering for millions."
Despite being a Democrat, Grimes is running as a pro-coal candidate. She called the proposed regulations "more proof that Washington isn't working for Kentucky," promising to "fiercely pppose the president's attack on Kentucky's coal industry."
"Coal keeps the lights on in the Commonwealth, providing a way for thousands of Kentuckians to put food on their tables," she said. "When I'm in the U.S. Senate, I will fiercely oppose the President's attack on Kentucky's coal industry because protecting our jobs will be my number one priority."
The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 83 percent reduction by 2050. President Obama has announced new regulations his administration plans to have finalized by next summer so they can be implemented before the end of his second term.