Senate battleground states are largely coal-intensive states, which makes President Obama’s upcoming EPA announcement even more important.
About 40 percent of electricity in the U.S. comes from coal-fired power plants.
These states will be particularly hard hit by the Obama Administrations new EPA rules.
In West Virginia, where coal is king, Senate candidate Natalie E. Tennant, a Democrat, quickly turned on Mr. Obama when asked about the regulations. Ms. Tennant trails in polls in a race against Republican nominee Rep. Shelley Moore Capito for the seat of retiring Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, a Democrat.
Sen. Rockefeller is retiring because he can see little chance of winning in West Virginia with sudden, stringent new EPA rules.