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Zopp opposes Obama's Clean Power Plan


A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is taking issue with the president's Clean Power Plan.  AndreaZopp is not a global warming denier.

"Look, climate change is real and we need to recognize that."

She says yes, that means curbing emissions. But she also says President Barack Obama's method gets it wrong, by moving too far away from coal. She says coal *will* remain a source of energy for the foreseeable future. So the emphasis should be on capturing and storing emissions.

"To make sure that we can get the cleanest coal that we can and take those technologies to places in the world that are continuing to burn coal."

Zopp, who used to head Chicago's Urban League, says she signed on with Democrats who support so-called "clean coal.” But environmental activists say there's no such thing.

 primary opponents, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and State Senator Napoleon Harris, didn't immediately respond with their positions.

The incumbent U.S. Senator they want to defeat, Republican Mark Kirk, opposes the clean power rule.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.