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First Look: Big Coal Links Regs to Battleground State Job Losses

Washington's biggest coal lobby is blasting a report to Capitol Hill Friday that asserts 1.5 million jobs -- many of which are in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania -- will be lost in the next four years because of a flurry of environmental rules being pushed by President Obama.

The report was sponsored by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a group of coal, railroad and utility companies, and conducted by the National Economic Research Associates. It finds that seven EPA rules will cost 1.5 million jobs, and between $198 billion to $220 billion over four years in compliance costs for the electricity sector.

"Most of these are in battleground states, and that wouldn't surprise you because that's where the coal is," said ACCCE spokeswoman Lisa Camooso Miller.

The report's release coincides with the arrival of its new CEO, Mike Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and American Crossroads.

Duncan, who joined the group in September, told National Journal in a sit-down interview in the group's posh, modern downtown office on Thursday. He aims to "sharpen [the] communication focus" of the organization and bring "more of a human face" to coal-fired electricity.

Noting he hadn't yet held his first board meeting, Duncan declined to offer a glimpse into post-election tactics.

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