With no action from Congress, President Obama is directing the EPA to more aggressively regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith represents the state's coalfield. He says energy prices will rise because of the new regulations.
"The president wants to cut off the whole daggone nose, and it's not based in science as we currently know it," he says.
Congress rejected a climate change bill when Democrats controlled the House, Senate and White House, which have many lawmakers saying the president doesn't have the authority to go it alone. But Virginia Democrat, Sen. Tim Kaine disagrees.
"There are regulations and executive orders that have had a long tradition, and the president, if he acts within those powers, he is doing what presidents do in both parties," says Kaine.
For now, it's a waiting game as the Obama Administration crafts the details of its new policy to combat global warming.