Union Boss blames Romney for Obama’s EPA

In a conference call Monday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tested out a new line of attack against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney: He is too radically pro-environment for Ohio.

Specifically, Trumka told reporters that the new Environmental Protection Agency clean air regulations that have been linked to the closure of mines and coal-fired power plants in the Buckeye state and elsewhere were actually Romney’s doing.

“Those EPA regulations were ordered by the Supreme Court as a result of a lawsuit by Mitt Romney’s state when he was governor. If there is a ‘war on coal,’ it starts and ends with Mitt Romney,” Trumka said. He also attacked Romney for saying in 2003 that a coal-fired power plant should be closed because it was killing people.

That a major Obama ally could accuse the Republican nominee of not only effectively running the EPA but of running it too far to the left is a sign of just how effective the GOP’s “war on coal” message has been in key swing states.

Ohio was supposed to be the Obama campaign’s firewall against a GOP insurgency, but polls last week show the race there even. Republicans have been relentlessly hammering the EPA in the coal regions of the Buckeye State, hoping the regulations are politically toxic for Obama. During the Denver presidential debate, Romney even exclaimed, “I love coal!”

Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Sean Higgins.

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