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OFA avoids global warming talk in states with outspoken pro-coal Democrats

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Organizing for America, President Obama's former campaign operation turned tax-exempt social welfare organization, is holding a series of global warming events across the country during its "Action August" campaign. Noticeably missing from the list of states holding such events are West Virginia and North Dakota.

West Virginia and North Dakota are home to some of the coal industry's most supportive Democrats. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., are both outspoken critics of Obama's "war on coal" and believe the president's global warming plan will do more harm than good.

"The regulations the president wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it's not feasible, it's not reasonable," Manchin said after Obama's June 25, 2013, climate speech. "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."

Heitkamp prefaced her criticism by applauding the president for addressing global warming. "However," she said, "several of the initiatives introduced today by the President, while not new, amplify the administration's continuing war on coal and coal-fired power. While the president claims to believe in an all-of-the-above energy policy, he consistently fails to step-forward and truly commit to such a policy."

A delegation of West Virginia Democrats, including Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall, travelled to Washington, D.C., in early August to protest Obama's coal policies. Along with the state's national politicians, the governor and attorney general have also spoken out against Obama's policies that would harm the coal industry.

North Dakota is home to an oil and natural gas boom, which also would be harmed by the president's efforts to curb global warming.

Other states with no global warming events include Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.

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