An Awkward Day to Be Terry McAuliffe: Obama’s new carbon controls put this Virginia Democrat in a political pickle

The National Journal reports:

It’s difficult day for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe. That’s because the Obama administration on Friday announced its landmark power-plant regulations, setting strict limits on how much greenhouse-gas pollution can be generated by any existing plant and instantly sparking backlash from the coal industry.

The state’s southwest is coal-mining country, and many Virginians rely on coal plants to keep the lights on. While Democrats in other coal states have distanced themselves from the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement, so far McAuliffe has been mostly keeping quiet. Don’t be fooled though. As National Journal’s Coral Davenport reported, this is an extremely important if uncomfortable time for the Old Dominion Democrat.

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