Ex-New York mayor mounts ad campaign on carbon-cutting plan

Michael Bloomberg
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013, file photo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg peers through a window of a No. 7 subway train in New York, as he arrives for a news conference on the platform to discuss the extension of the line. Opening nearly two years after it was initially promised, Manhattan’s newest subway station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, opens for business on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is embarking on a $10 million-plus ad campaign to take on opponents of President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions.

Bloomberg’s Independence USA political action committee announced plans Friday to run TV spots aimed at the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

They’re among AGs suing to try to block the Clean Power Plan. They say it’ll kill coal mining jobs and increase electricity costs.

Bloomberg says their stance puts coal industry financial interests “ahead of their constituents’ right to breathe clean air.”

Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel, spokesmen for Missouri AG Chris Koster, and Michigan AG Bill Schuette say the billionaire New Yorker doesn’t grasp how much the plan would hurt their states.

A representative for Florida AG Pam Bondi hasn’t responded to inquiries.

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