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News Picks : Senate votes against Obama’s climate change regulations

By: Physics Today
18 November 2015
New York Times: In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations summit in Paris, US President Obama proposed several new climate change regulations, including a call for cutting heat-trapping carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and a halt to the building of new coal plants. However, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky is one of the largest coal-producing states, passed a resolution against the regulations; they voiced objections to Obama’s “war on coal” because of the number of Americans who depend on coal mining for their livelihood. The House is expected to pass a companion resolution by December, which would force Obama to veto.

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