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News Summary: Coal country on the defensive

The Associated Press

COAL CHUTE: After taking a beating from the weak economy, new pollution rules and cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year in the Western U.S. Now coal is on the defensive again with President Barack Obama's push to rein in climate change.

CO2 SIEGE: Emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants puts coal-fired power plants and strip mines in regulators' crosshairs, and some worry that cleaner air will cost jobs.

MORE JOBS? The Natural Resources Defense Council plans to release a report detailing new jobs that would be created to retrofit plants.