The Environmental Protection Agency will not issue controversial restrictions on power plants fueled by coal until after the midterm elections. The news comes on the heels of a delayed decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans accuse the White House of playing politics again.

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In a letter to the EPA administration, GOP Senator James Inhofe (Okla.) wrote, “Based on the sequence of events, it appears that the delay in the proposal’s publication may have been motivated by a desire to lessen the impact of the president’s harmful environmental policies on this year’s midterm elections.”

Fox News contributor Alan Colmes and Brad Blakeman, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, debated the politics of the EPA on America’s Newsroom.

Blakeman said whether it’s the delays in ObamaCare or the Keystone pipeline, this latest move is part of the modus operandi of the Obama administration.

“This is about as transparent of rigging of an election as you can get. The President of the United States is using his power and influence to change the outcome of an election,” Blakeman said.

Surprisingly, Colmes agreed that the EPA is playing politics.

“I will agree that the EPA is delaying and it’s playing politics,” he said. “Same thing with the pipeline. They should make a decision right now to stop the pipeline. They should make a decision to install these regulations and they’re playing politics. But let’s not do this piling on where everything becomes a scandal in the Obama administration.”

On the flip side, Colmes called Sen. Inhofe the “biggest climate denier” in Congress and said he receives money from the oil and gas industry. He charged that Republicans who are against any regulations are also playing politics.

Blakeman defended the GOP, saying that they simply want the United States to rely on its own energy sources and partner with a friendly country like Canada.

As for Inhofe taking money from the oil and gas industry, Blakeman said, “It’s because you’re taking money to help America. Drill, baby, drill. We should be using our own resources.”

He said President Obama is creating uncertainty in the marketplace as reflected in the stagnant economic numbers that came out this morning. Blakeman predicted the Democrats will be trounced in the November elections, but said the ball is in the Republicans’ court to come up with a better plan.

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