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Climate change report doesn't sway W.Va. pols

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A new international report that says the warming of the planet is "unequivocal" has not swayed many West Virginia political leaders.

They still strongly oppose the Obama administration's plan to cut greenhouse emissions from coal-fired plants.

Rep. Nick J. Rahall says the pursuit of those cuts will cost American jobs, while fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin says undercutting the coal industry will slow economic growth.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail says it asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and members of the state's congressional delegation to respond to questions related to the report issued Friday.

The international climate panel said it was more confident than ever that global warming is a man-made problem and likely to get worse. The report was welcomed by the Obama administration and environmental advocates.

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