One year ago, President Obama said he would use the Clean Air Act to help curb the health risks and polluting effects of more than 600 coal-fired U.S. power plants. On Monday, following his direction, the Environmental Protection Agency relied on the law to propose sweeping regulatory action in that regard. The changes, if approved, would require that industry cut carbon emissions by 30 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030, in part by turning to alternative energy sources.
The administration's action (labeled a "sensible, state-based plan" by the president) will help 25 million Americans, including more than 6.5 million children, who suffer from asthma, Obama asserted, playing up the health benefits in response to industry critics and coal-dependent states warning that energy costs will rise and jobs will be lost because of this policy.
What follows is a list of states in which vulnerable Democrats could be at greater risk in the midterm elections as result of this proposal.