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Rand Paul No Fan Of Coal Energy Until Obama Carbon Plan Emerged

June 2, 2014 by staff 

Rand Paul No Fan Of Coal Energy Until Obama Carbon Plan Emerged, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul slammed the Obama administration Monday for announcing a plan to reduce carbon output from power plants – particularly coal – despite having himself heaved criticism at coal, calling it in 2008 “one of the least favorable forms of energy.”

“This latest assault on our economy by President Obama will destroy jobs here in Kentucky and across the country, and will hurt middle class families by hiking their utility bills and straining their budgets,” Paul said in a statement Monday after the Environmental Protection Agency announced an aggressive plan to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The administration’s proposed rule is aimed at curbing the effects of global warming by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.

“The excessive rule is an illegal use of executive power, and I will force a vote to repeal it,” Paul said.

But comments the Kentuckian made six years ago may suggest he once shared views similar to Barack Obama’s. While speaking at a rally for Ron Paul’s first Republican presidential campaign in Chattanooga, Tenn., in February 2008, the younger Paul criticized coal for the pollution it causes and touted nuclear energy instead.

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