Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The governor of the country's second-largest coal-producing state is angling for a sit-down with President Obama over his administration's stance on climate change and its pursuit of cap-and-trade legislation.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says his state has a role to play in the debate over cutting such greenhouse gases as carbon dioxide from coal.
But burning coal also provides just over half the nation's electricity.
Manchin hopes to persuade the President to continue to rely on coal over the next several decades by investing in the right technology.
But the governor says his desire to meet is unrelated to his recent frustrations with Obama's environmental protection agency.
He instead wants to revisit the sort of talks the two had when Obama was in the Senate.
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