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E2 Round-up: Feds to investigate worst mine disaster in two decades, energy industry fights Calif. carbon cap, and poll shows energy beats environment

The New York Times notes that the blast occurred “just four years after federal regulators enacted a sweeping overhaul in mine safety laws. That overhaul, the first in over three decades, came after 19 miners died in a series of mine accidents in West Virginia and Kentucky — including one that brought criminal charges against a Massey subsidiary.”

“This is the second major disaster at a Massey site in recent years, and something needs to be done,” Rep. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE, a West Virginia Democrat, said as he arrived at the mine site, according to theTimes.

In California, the energy industry is lobbying against efforts to cap carbon dioxide emissions. A ballot measure the companies are pushing would “bar the state from implementing the law until its jobless rate stabilized at or below 5.5% for a year, which supporters say would signal the return of a strong economy. The state's jobless rate topped 5.5% in October 2007 and now stands at 12.5%,” in the Wall Street Journal.

Gallup has a new poll out: “Americans are more likely to say the U.S. should prioritize development of energy supplies than to say it should prioritize protecting the environment, the first time more have favored energy production over environmental protection in this question's 10-year history.”

The poll was conducted before President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE announced his administration would make more areas offshore available to oil and gas drilling but seems to validate the decision, at least from a political standpoint.

The poll also found, however, that Americans still favor greater conservation over greater energy production.