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Good evening I'm Bret Baier President Obama wants sweeping new regulations to expand renewable energy.
And limit pollution from coal fired power plants.
One of the people the president listens to on such matters.
Is a lot less up.
Calling for a war on coal.
That as Republicans and some coal state Democrats fired up.
We'll talk live with West Virginia senator democratic senator Joseph mansion in just a moment first the president's new plan.
Here's chief White House correspondent -- him.
-- repeatedly wiping sweat from his brow at a sweltering Georgetown University we President Obama flatly declared the planet is warming and issued a call to arms unveiling a sweeping climate change plan.
That bypasses congress.
Using his executive power to get the Environmental Protection Agency to -- -- new regulations on coal fired power plants so the question is not.
Whether we need to act.
The overwhelming judgment of science.
Of chemistry and physics.
And millions of measurements.
Has put all that to rest Republicans insist the science is not so clear and declared new government red tape will lead to higher energy prices for consumers.
In this economy the last thing we need to do is to have a national energy tax it will discourage hiring and make energy even more expensive.
Republicans also pounce on what they believed to be the president's real motive today.
A so called war on the whole industry after an unexpected moment of candor from White House climate advisor.
Daniel track director of the Harvard university's center for the environment.
He told the New York Times quote politically the White House is hesitant to say they're having a war on coal on the other hand a war on coal is exactly what's needed and -- infuriating Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from the whole state of Kentucky.
Declaring a war on coal is tantamount to declaring -- a war own jobs.
It's tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans shrug look in today's economy.
President insisted another part of his plan for it even more taxpayer money into renewable energy technology.
Will grow the economy while still protecting the environment today we use more clean energy more renewables and natural gas.
Which is supporting hundreds of thousands of good jobs Republicans -- any benefit there could be negated by new regulations -- how.
Havoc on power plants he needs to take its foot off the neck.
That the energy producers and job creators and allow this important sector for.
Economy to prosper critics like senator John courted note carbon emissions dropped more last year in the United States that in any other major industrialized nation.
In part due to the sluggish economy but also because of previous EPA regulations the Obama administration has put in place.
Meanwhile China and Russia are thumbing their -- is that the idea of cutting back.
Increasing their own usage of -- big time.
As you'll probably administration continues to weigh whether to approve the keystone XL oil and gas pipeline that would run from Canada down to Texas.
Obama added a new wrinkle today but suggesting -- will only approve the pipeline -- the studies show it will not be increased greenhouse gas emissions.
And allowing the Keystone Pipeline.
To be bill.
Requires -- finding that.
That doing so would be in our nation's interest.
And our national interest will be served.
Only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem.
-- carbon pollution.
Now from the left independent senator Bernie Sanders said the president can't just give a speech and then go ahead and approve the pipeline.
But TransCanada quickly noted the long five year review of this pipeline project.
Has repeatedly found.
The president's criteria will be met.
Brett and had a lot of north lawn Ed --
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