WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers and industry groups are ramping up a fight to derail the Obama administration's new emissions limits for coal-fired power plants. But they're finding their options are limited -- at least in the short term.
There are legislative options to block the rules, but Obama would surely veto them. Opponents will likely challenge the limits in court, but they can't sue the Environmental Protection Agency until a rule is finalized months from now.
The EPA says it's planned ahead to ensure the rule stands up to scrutiny. But critics claim it overreaches and violates the law by requiring expensive and unproven technology.
If all else fails, the issue will likely fuel political attacks on Democrats in the 2014 elections.
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