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The war on coal: spotlight on Ohio

Almost three-quarters of Ohioans say shutting more coal plants is a bad idea.

By Evan TraceyAmerican Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) / September 25, 2012

Hundreds of coal miners and their families stand in line while waiting to attend a rally last month at the Century Mine near Beallsville, Ohio, for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. More than 200 coal plants are at risk of being shuttered, in part because of EPA regulations.The Intelligencer,

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The War on Coal continues. As President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning, the EPA continues to wage a war on the affordable, reliable electricity that America needs. In their campaigns, both candidates have put their focus on the swing state of Ohio, home to dozens of companies and thousands of employees who work to power the country using coal-based electricity.

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Senior Vice President for Communications, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)

Mr. Tracey oversees the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns.

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We took to Ohio to ask people what they thought about the EPA’s actions, and what should be done about it. In our polling, we found that Ohioans were almost monolithic in their opinion.

Almost three-quarters of Ohioans agree that shuttering more coal plants is a bad idea, as is refusing to build more.

With more than 200 coal plants at risk of being shuttered due in part to EPA regulations, it’s clear: we are facing a War on Coal and affordable electricity. This election season your candidates must speak up for coal use in America. Take the pledge today.

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