GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: First: Will Senator Obama deliberately bankrupt the coal industry if he becomes president, or was this a gaffe?? On January 17, Senator Obama gave an interview to the editorial board of The San Francisco Chronicle. Senator Obama spoke about his energy plan, including his “cap and trade” policy to lessen pollution.
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SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: What I said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is more — that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there. I was the first to call for 100 percent auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gas was emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there to be presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meat the rigors of that market and the ratcheted-down caps that are placed — imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.
Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association:
……Now, I got to tell you, you know, the coal industry is located in some of the hardest hit areas economically both in southeastern and eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, western part of Virginia. So you know, these comments at a time when the economy’s just (INAUDIBLE) through hard times, you know, we shouldn’t be talking about bankrupting any industry.
…..Well, to be honest with you, Greta, I’ve been in the studios most of the day today. But I can assure you, I think the comments that were made make a lot of people stop and think. I was on the radio in Pittsburgh tonight and had a caller call in who was just talking about, You shouldn’t mess with coal. You know, the bottom line is people are scared. They want to work. They want a paycheck. They want to be able to provide for their families. And dialing out any one particular industry is not the way to promote economic recovery.
Newsflash B.Hussein Obama: I don’t think those working class coal miners like the idea of being put out of work as part of the Democrat agenda for ‘clean air’.
And there are still multitudes of hardcore union simps who really believe the Democrats are ‘for the working class’…..
Just ask Joe the Plumber.