Daines: Washington state coal plan hurts Montana
A Republican congressman from Montana says the state's coal and mining industries would suffer under a proposal to cut carbon pollution in Washington state.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines sent Washington Gov. Jay Inslee a letter Monday asking him to reconsider his proposal.
The Democratic governor in April signed an executive order to reduce Washington's greenhouse gas emissions. It includes phasing out electricity generated from coal.
All three of Washington's private utilities get some of their power from Montana's Colstrip power plant.
Daines says Inslee's order would have severe economic consequences for Colstrip and surrounding communities.
Inslee's office did not have an immediate response.
Daines, who is running for U.S. Senate, planned to meet with Montana coal industry representatives in Billings on Monday.
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