Barack Obama said yesterday his comments were taken out of context. But, here is the complete video:
Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association (OCA), today issued the following statement in response to just-released remarks from Senator Barack Obama about the nation’s coal industry.“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.
Sadly, should Barack Obama be elected tomorrow, the United States Coal Industry won’t be the ONLY American industry in trouble.
Sarah Palin has attacked Obama for his remarks.
Seizing on a newly released audio tape picked up by the Drudge Report, Sarah Palin took the opportunity here in coal country to accuse Barack Obama of â€œtalking about bankrupting the coal industry.â€
â€œHe said that, sure, if the industry wants to build coal-fired power plants, then they can go ahead and try, he says, but they can do it only in a way that will bankrupt the coal industry, and he’s comfortable letting that happen,â€ Palin said. â€œAnd you got to listen to the tape.â€
The audiotape Palin was referring to was recorded by the San Francisco Chronicle in a Jan. 17 interview.
â€œWhy is the audiotape just now surfacing?â€ Palin asked, leading someone in the crowd to shout, â€œLiberal media!â€
â€œThis interview was given to San Francisco folks many, many months ago,â€ Palin said. â€œYou should have known about this, so that you would have better decision-making information as you go into the voting booth.â€
In the audiotape, Obama reiterated his call for a cap and trade system on carbon and greenhouse gases.
â€œSo if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,â€ Obama said. â€œIt’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.â€
But, it may be a little too late in the campaign to register with coal state voters.
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