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 McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) and mirrors Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeGOP senator on backing Moore: ‘It’s a numbers game’ Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator Senate panel advances controversial environmental nominee 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 McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report 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) ManchinTrump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Wealthy outsiders threaten to shake up GOP Senate primaries 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 BaucusBooker tries to find the right lane  Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges 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.