2014-06-01T054530Z_1_LYNXMPEA500F7_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

White House turns blind eye on Democrats who oppose climate rules

Obama arrives for the commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New YorkBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Republican-leaning states have a simple strategy for dealing with President Barack Obama’s upcoming power plant restrictions before the mid-term elections: Fight them, with the White House’s blessing. The new rules, popular with the Democratic Party’s base, are one of Obama’s highest domestic priorities for his second term. But they are complicating the lives of Democrats in coal and oil-rich states such as West Virginia, Louisiana and Alaska, where candidates are piling on the president and the Environmental Protection Agency for proposing restrictions that could cost jobs locally. So, the White House is turning a blind eye to attacks from within the party, despite the importance of the regulations to Obama’s agenda and post-presidential legacy.

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