Obama climate change push draws industry criticism

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By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

BOW, N.H. (AP) — President Barack Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where local economies depend on the health of an energy sector facing strict new pollution limits.

Such concerns stretch even to New England, an environmentally focused region that long has felt the effects of drifting emissions from Rust Belt states.

The president of New Hampshire's largest electric company says Obama's plan to impose limits on carbon dioxide emissions raises questions about the fate of the state's two coal-fired power plants, customer electricity rates and the ability to find new energy sources.

The concerns illustrate the practical and political challenges Obama faces while balancing economic concerns with an issue he says has dire implications for the planet's future.

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