Sens. Whitehouse, Manchin to visit each other’s states

Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses Dems request investigation of lobbyist-turned-EPA employee who met with former boss MORE (R.I.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Labor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners MORE (W.Va.), two Democrats who often clash over energy, coal and pollution policy, will visit each other’s states next month, they said.

The visits are inspired by a June debate on the Senate floor that covered the Obama administration’s carbon emission rules for power plants, climate change, coal and other issues.

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While the men clashed over what should be done to mitigate climate change, including rules that hurt coal producers, they agreed that something needs to be done to curb the human influence on climate change. They also agreed at that discussion to visit each other’s home states.

The October trips to Rhode Island and West Virginia will focus on each state’s specific concerns with climate change and current or future policies to cut emissions.

The first trip will be Oct. 10 in Rhode Island.

“They are planning to tour coastal parts of the state to see the damage being caused by erosion and rising sea levels, hear from fishermen about how changes in ocean temperature are affecting fish populations, visit a local business that is working to convert carbon pollution into eco-friendly products, and hear from local experts about the latest research on the implications of climate change for Rhode Island’s ocean and coastal areas,” the senators said in an announcement Friday.

They will be in West Virginia on Oct. 22. Friday’s announcement did not contain details of that trip, though they plan to release further details for both trips later.