State Utility Regulators Supporting Coal Industry

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By Alabama News Network

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions.

Alabama Public Service commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden and commissioner-elect Chip Beeker spoke at a news conference Monday ahead of hearings on new federal rules to limit coal.

The say the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills.

Al.com quotes Beeker as saying God created coal in Alabama, and no one has a right to push a policy that runs against God's plan.

Cavanaugh called on people to pray for the right thing to be done. And Oden says President Obama should worry about the potential for a world at war instead of fighting coal.

The Environmental Protection Agency holds a hearing on the federal plan today in Atlanta.

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