|McConnell at a Kentucky coal pile (Associated Press photo)|
"Earlier this year, seven Senate Democrats lobbied Obama to rethink" the climate-change rules, but "One of them, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, won’t be returning next year," and another, "Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu . . . faces a difficult runoff election next month," Martinson notes. "Republicans will still have Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana to turn to on coal issues."
Manchin told Martinson he still hopes to foster some compromise on the issue, "but he hasn’t written off retreating to the state and running for his old job of governor if he can’t find common ground between the two parties in Washington," she writes, quoting him: “I’m keeping every option open, I’ll wait until next year, see how things shape out. If it looks like it’s going to be same old, same old . . . it’s not going to be a place I’m going to want to spend a great deal of time.”