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We Begin a new series tonight on energy in America.
Tonight correspondent -- -- weigh on the politics.
In places like Preston county West Virginia.
Generations of miners have toiled to power American homes and industry.
Now as many as 200000 workers and appellation coal country and in 25 other states that produce America's most abundant fuel are threatened by -- latest cold rule.
It requires coal fired plants that can't meet CO2 emission standards to -- technology called carbon capture and storage.
It's expensive and not commercially available at the end of the day.
We just couldn't.
Justify it based on on what that cost would be it would be astronomical to try to retrofit some of -- older units that they're really.
Are not as efficient as they should be environmentalists are praising the new rule as a vital defense against climate change.
We don't what fossil fuel damages due to our public health the health of our kids our families.
We know the damages it does pick crops and the buildings another big damage of all around the world is climate disruption.
Coal advocates say the industry has made great strides in cleaning up emissions capturing over 99% of particulate matter the new -- they say sets the fourth to -- And they forced the closure -- to 25% of coal fired plants last year there.
At this time we're looking for 2000 coal miners -- work now there's 2000 laid off.
We've got six power plants have been announced that are being shut coal fired power plants we're losing our competitive edge.
And it's -- one measure of the disdain in West Virginia for the Obama administration's crackdown on call a federal prisoner doing seventeen years for extortion.
Got 41% of the vote in Tuesday's democratic primary to president Obama's 59%.
Administration supporters are banking on cheap clean and abundant natural gas as a substitute for coal fired power.
But critics say there -- problems with the transportation and storage which has led to price hikes in the past.
They're telling us that you're gonna see at least -- 30% increase.
Being your electric bill now West Virginians can take comfort in one small victory in what they see as EPA's war on coal.
In March a federal judge reversed a controversial EPA rule that force Mingo Logan coal company to stop work.
-- a -- it had already invested millions of dollars in the just concluded that the EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Water Act.
-- revoking -- permit.
That it already been granted.
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