West Virginia governor slams Bloomberg's clean energy plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $500 million effort to close the nation's remaining coal plants isn't sitting well in West Virginia.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pushed back on the clean energy plan at a news conference Monday, saying it will destroy the economy of his coal-producing state.

Bloomberg last week announced his investment in the Beyond Carbon initiative, which aims to put the U.S. on track toward a 100% clean energy economy. The organization seeks to pass climate policies and back political candidates at the state and local level.

A spokeswoman for Bloomberg's philanthropic group didn't immediately return an emailed request for comment.

Justice declined to directly answer a question about whether he believes in climate change. He says more study is needed.

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