House Republicans are set to play a familiar theme this week before heading out to campaign for the November election, trying to head off rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution.
In a string of votes starting last year, the House voted to stop pollution standards on industrial boilers, on mercury coming from power plants and on farm dust—a regulation the EPA did not even issue.
In industrial battleground states such as Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the coal industry and related outside groups have been running advertisements and events blasting Obama’s energy policies. Coal is forecast by the Energy Information Administration to account for less than 38 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, down from almost 50 percent five years ago, primarily because natural gas has emerged as a cheaper alternative.
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