Updated: June 6, 9:06 a.m. | Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will head to a coal-fired power plant Monday, to emphasize her opposition to President Barack Obama’s goal to take a big whack at coal as part of his plan to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
The vulnerable Louisiana Democrat will head to the Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, La., according to a news release.
She’ll “meet with plant workers, take a tour of the facility and hold a roundtable discussion with power industry leaders from across Louisiana.” Landrieu chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is in a tossup race for re-election .
Landrieu’s opposition isn’t likely to make much of a difference in the White House’s eyes, but it gives the endangered incumbent a chance to separate herself from a president who isn’t particularly popular in Louisiana. She joins other Democrats running in red states, particularly Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, to vigorously oppose the president’s latest push on climate.
White House counselor John Podesta has said there was zero chance Congress would be able to rein in Obama on his climate change agenda. The Big Cajun II power plant had been Louisiana’s “largest source of illegal air pollution” before reaching a settlement with the federal government in 2012, according to the Justice Department .