Industry reps, regulators to debate Obama carbon limits

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Representatives of Wisconsin industries, state regulators and an environmental group are set to clash over President Obama's new limits on carbon emissions during a legislative hearing.

The Assembly's energy committee and the Senate's public works committee are set to hold a joint hearing on the carbon limits Wednesday. Representatives from the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, the Wisconsin Paper Council, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state Public Service Commission and Department of Natural Resources and Clean Wisconsin all are slated to speak.

The committees aren't expected to take any action.

The hearing comes as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to sue over the limits. He says the limits could send electric rates soaring and the Obama administration is ignoring billions of dollars Wisconsin utilities have already invested in clean energy.

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