Politics In Mitch McConnell's Kentucky, a bipartisan effort to kick the coal habit (+video)

Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger in Kentucky are blasting proposed EPA rules on carbon emissions even as a bipartisan effort is afoot to diversify the economy in coal country.

By , Staff writer

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The Obama administration’s proposed new rules regulating carbon emissions at power plants are getting rough treatment by politicians of both stripes in the coal state of Kentucky. Coal provides the state with more than 90 percent of its electrical power – and with a competitive edge from low utility rates.