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House Republicans in a few coal state Democrats stuck a finger in the eye of the Obama administration today.
By passing a series of bills called stop the war on coal act.
Democrats call it political theater -- congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel looks at both sides.
With a leading coal producer announcing this week it would be closing eight mines in Virginia West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Cutting some 12100 jobs Republicans and some Democrats from those states are accusing the Obama administration of a war on -- Nineteen Democrats joined Republicans in the house today and in passing the stop the war on coal act which would seek to restrict the president's environmental policies in favor coal production.
-- plays a critical role.
In that future.
It provides 4545%.
Of America's energy today the state of Ohio alone gets 80% of that energy.
There energy from -- It's important.
A senior house Democrat accuse the Republicans of launching an attack of their own so far.
In this first.
Year and nine months that they have control the United States congress they have declared war on soul -- They have declared war on wind they have declared war.
On all renewables.
Fox News has been investigating the energy issue and talked to a state senator from West Virginia who says the EPA.
Has made coal mining almost impossible.
Has to be a world cold from the EPA rules regulations standards.
We can't get to those levels.
Throughout attainable if -- -- -- tell -- -- you'll get a permit.
My mind general manager told our documentary unit excessive regulations.
Have had a huge impact on jobs.
We -- employee.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- If we were given permits and we're -- bag of the right to work don't -- we're gonna ask you briefly neighborhoods free handouts.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Mitt Romney's campaign is running this ad accusing President Obama of ruining the coal industry.
They're -- to close these lines down.
We have 250.
Years of coal plant would -- The house bill is not going anywhere in the democratic controlled senate.
But this issue could have a big political impact in places like eastern Ohio Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Where coal is not a dirty word -- -- and a lot on the hill tonight Mike thank you.
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