An Obama Presidency Will Bankrupt Coal

by Sal on November 3, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

To all readers in the coal states of Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Obama wants to bankrupt your industry through his proposed cap-and-trade system.  Obama made these statements in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, proving once again that he says one thing in San Francisco, and another thing in Scranton. 

The buzz on this is quite high, but it may be too little too late.  If this clip had a few more days to get out there, it would virtually guarantee the votes of Reagan Democrat coal workers in the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.  As it is, the McCain camp should pounce on this, and cut a quick ad and saturate it in these two states for the next 24 hours. 

Sarah Palin has already pounced on this (side note:  I look at this video below, and think to myself, boy is she good.  She’s got future star power in the GOP beyond Tuesday, no matter what happens). 

The Obama audio, even though it is from January, has people in the coal industry riled up. 

The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama’s comments “unbelievable.”  “His comments are unfortunate,” Chris Hamilton said Sunday, “and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally.” 
Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.  “In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said ‘not here’ about building coal-fired power plants — this is exactly what will happen,” Hamilton said. “Financing won’t be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.  ”If we’re going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here.”  Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s state director said Obama’s statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.

Memo to McCain camp.  Get this out there.  Don’t let it interrupt or change your last day’s strategy, but get this message out there in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  It may just tip those states to you. 

UPDATE:  It appears that the McCain campaign is jumping all over this one

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris November 3, 2008 at 7:27 am

Let us not forget about Colorado, West Virginia and VA…especially VA! This may push it over for us in VA and cancel out the leftists that dwell in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties.


Chris November 3, 2008 at 7:29 am

On the subject of PA…

Now this past week, I’ve been attempting to block out polls and pundits, but I couldn’t help have my eyes opened when Michael Barone was saying last night on TV that there has been a change in the Philadelpha suburbs (Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties) that is breaking in McCain’s favor. One month ago, voters were 2:1 in favor of Obama, but this is no longer the case…could be interesting!


Mike November 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

Some Freeper is already calling this “Coalgate.”


Ryan November 3, 2008 at 9:51 am

“Coalgate!” That’s good, but this all may probably be too late. Remember Bill Clinton had a lot of “gates” which were rpeatedly shrugged off by the MSM.

The press’ desire to cover McCain’s take on this without the Obama spin that this is “desperation” will be interesting to see. The LA Times got away with not releasing a transcript of Obama’s dinner with Khalidi without producing a media or popular backlash, so unfortunately, this may not have the effect it would have had say on Friday or Saturday when fresh new ads and Sunday talk could have reinforced it. I hope I’m wrong.


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