Coal group presses senators on looming vote to kill EPA climate rules

“You wouldn’t use a hammer to fix your computer. You don’t use a folding map if you have a GPS. The point is, we don’t use yesterday’s tools to solve today’s challenges. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency has started regulating greenhouse gas emissions under a 40-year-old law that doesn’t even mention the term 'greenhouse gases.' The result could be higher energy prices and lost jobs.”

They urge listeners to press their senators to vote for the amendment, which is sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) and mirrors Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity MORE’s (R-Okla.) block-EPA legislation.

The ads are running in Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and other states that are home to lawmakers facing potentially tough primaries or reelection battles, such as Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Senators blast internet subsidy program It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (D-Mo.).

The industry group’s members include utilities with coal-fired power plants, such as American Electric Power, and coal companies such as Consol Energy.

Inhofe’s bill has 43 co-sponsors, including one Democrat: Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Trump steps up courtship of Dems The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (W.Va.). But Inhofe is wooing other centrist Democrats, such as Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.).

However, other Democratic amendments will likely siphon votes from the McConnell-Inhofe plan, which faces high hurdles to reaching 60 votes.

Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) has a plan that would block EPA rules for two years, while Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.) has filed an amendment that would exempt agriculture from the EPA rules and codify EPA’s “tailoring” rule that shields smaller emitters from regulation.