Coal Industry Wary Of Obama Ahead Of Ohio Visit On Energy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's powerful coal industry has warm
feelings for Appalachia native Governor Ted Strickland, the man
who's trying to teach Senator Barack Obama how to win rural areas
in this crucial swing state.

Those sentiments haven't translated to Obama, despite the
similarities on paper in their views of energy policy.

Ohio Coal Association President Mike Carey says Strickland
"comes from Appalachia" and probably has a little bit better
understanding than someone who represents urban Chicago."

When Obama visits Ohio today to talk about energy policy, he'll
be bringing a plan to cap carbon emissions and boost investment in
renewable energies to a state that boasts roughly 4,000 coal mining
jobs, more than 80 coal mines and produces nearly 90 percent of its
electricity using coal.

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