Policy: Environment & Energy

Obama's war on coal hits states he won hardest

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Twenty-one coal-fired power plants are slated to close in 2014, and the majority of those are located in states that voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, according to analysis of an Energy Information Administration report.

Twelve out of the 21 closing coal plants -- nearly 60 percent -- are located in states Obama carried in his presidential elections: Delaware, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A total of 40 coal-powered generators are being retired.

With the job losses and increased electricity prices expected to occur due to these closures, one has to wonder if the administration is really concerned about helping Americans get back to work and improve their economic standing, or if it's just talk.

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