News bites: A coal-country Senate battle, UN climate talks open, and more

The latest round of United Nations climate change talks get rolling Monday in Doha, Qatar.

The New York Times sets the table here.

The Associated Press looks at the stakes here. From their story:

The two-decade-old talks have not fulfilled their main purpose: reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.

Attempts to create a new climate treaty failed in Copenhagen three years ago but countries agreed last year to try again, giving themselves a deadline of 2015 to adopt a new treaty.

Back in the U.S., Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is running for Senate on a pro-coal platform.

“She thinks it's critical that the state has a U.S. senator that is resolute and steadfast to stand up for the coal industry and energy jobs for West Virginia,” Capito campaign adviser Kent Gates told The Charleston Daily Mail.

The Wall Street Journal looks at why “not everyone is a winner” in the U.S. natural-gas boom.