A group of U.S. Senators implored President Obama to consider how his proposed carbon dioxide standards for power plants will affect utility ratepayers in a letter on Jan. 30. Led by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the lawmakers also hinted that the rules may stymie what many see as a manufacturing renaissance taking place in the U.S. The lawmakers, mostly Republicans with the exception of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), stressed that eliminating coal power as an affordable source of power will raise the cost of manufacturing in the U.S. and the price to consumers. * * * * * Most Americans support the President’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, according to a poll released Jan. 4 by the Sierra Club. The poll also showed strong support for investing in clean forms of energy. It further found most people think climate change is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The poll of 1,000 registered voters across the nation was conducted last month.