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

Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime Overnight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits MORE (R.I.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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.