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Pennsylvania Democrats join the 'war on coal' opposition

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Photo - President Obama will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to tighten regulations on carbon emissions from existing coal plants as part of a climate change policy he will unveil today. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
President Obama will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to tighten regulations on carbon emissions from existing coal plants as part of a climate change policy he will unveil today. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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More and more Democrats are joining the chorus of opponents to President Obama's "war on coal." In addition to West Virginia Democrats, two state lawmakers from Pennsylvania are knocking the federal government for its onerous regulations that have been shutting down coal plants across the country.

"The federal government is costing real people real jobs by pushing ahead with theoretical power-plant standards," said State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg.

"I understand the economics behind the decision to close the plants," said State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson. "What I question are the regulatory policies that fail to atone for the damaging effects [they have] on the economic survival of regions that have given their life bloods to power the nation."

The two state lawmakers voiced their frustration shortly after FirstEnergy Corp. announced it would close two coal plants in Pennsylvania, resulting in 380 lost jobs and 2,080 lost megawatts.

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