Monday, November 03, 2008

Obama will kill Ohio coal industry and jobs

If elected, Obama favors draconian restrictions on coal and coal-fired plants. He's been traversing the state telling us how much he's going to do for us, but somehow forgot to mention that 'I haven't been some coal booster' and 'if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them.'

Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association, issued a devastating response to Obama's comments that have recently been released:

Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.

These undisputed, audio-taped remarks, which include comments from Senator Obama like 'I haven't been some coal booster' and 'if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them' are extraordinarily misguided. "It's evident that this campaign has been pandering in states like Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania to attempt to generate votes from coal supporters, while keeping his true agenda hidden from the state's voters.

Senator Obama has revealed himself to be nothing more than a short- sighted, inexperienced politician willing to say anything to get a vote. But today, the nation's coal industry and those who support it have a better understanding of his true mission, to 'bankrupt' our industry, put tens of thousands out of work and cause unprecedented increases in electricity prices."

This is one of the reasons Democrats love early voting...when these sorts of things are exposed in the final days of the campaign, it's too late for many to change their votes.

If you work in the coal industry - or rely upon energy generated (partially or totally) by coal, I hope you'll consider Obama's plan for your jobs and Ohio's industry.


Bob McCarty Writes said...

I just published an original article which quotes a spokesperson for St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company, as saying, 'Electricity Costs Would Skyrocket' Under Obama. 'Nuff said.

DeeDee Liedel said...

And yet the largest coal-workers union endorsed Obama. Let me quote the president of the UMWA:

"Sen. Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families."

Secure future? Think again.

Tim Higgins said...


I guess that this means that we can add one more to the list, with Midwesterners clinging to their guns, their Bibles, ... and their fossil fuels.

I cannot help but wonder at the failures of the McCain campaign (I gave up on the MSM long ago, to get this information into the hands of people in a more timely fashion. This 72 hour blitzkrieg may prove too little, too late.

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