Massachusetts officials praise Obama on power plant move

Associated Press

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday joined other state attorneys general and local governments pledging to defend the new power plant rules in court.

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to mandate steeper greenhouse gas cuts from power plants may be running into opposition in some states, but in Massachusetts fellow Democrats are hailing the move.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday joined other state attorneys general and local governments pledging to defend the new rules in court.

Sen. Edward Markey called the plan ambitious and achievable, saying it could help avoid the worse consequences of climate change. Rep. Niki Tsongas also said the mandate could protect future generations.

Environmental activists like the Sierra Club, the Conservation Law Foundation, and Environment Massachusetts also praised the plan, calling it good for business and the environment and saying it will help encourage solar and wind energy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, vowed to use legislation to block the plan.

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