The top Senate Republican's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote to governors in March after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants. The Kentucky Republican said he thinks the rule is illegal and will hurt the economy.
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Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wrote to McConnell and backed the EPA, saying climate change is real. "It's a threat to humanity," he wrote.
In bone-dry California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown called McConnell's effort "immoral."
Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he opposes the EPA rule and his state is challenging it.