Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia slammed President Barack Obama’s climate change agenda on Tuesday, calling it “irresponsible” and saying it would harm coal-producing states like the one he represents on Capitol Hill.

“We’re looking for an all-energy policy that secures our nation, makes us less dependent on foreign oil or foreign energy — and we can do that, but we’ve got to use everything we have in balance with the environment and the economy,” Manchin told Bret Baier on Fox News. “That’s all we’ve ever said.”

In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama proposed limiting carbon pollution from all U.S. power plants and signaled that he would block TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if it increased greenhouse gas emissions.

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