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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  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Jul 12, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    To Chris Ratliff on Chloe: As compared to Obama, who has reneged on his promise of accepting public campaign financing, who has backtracked from his earlier hardline stance on a drawdown in the Middle East, who has run as a change agent, yet is happily flitting about from place to place attending huge fundraisers, who has hired Clinton's former campaign manager, who has written off rural voters in the Appalachian areas as being bitter and clinging to their guns, who is constantly pushing corn based ethanol despite the proof that sugar cane based or sorghum based ethanol is a better alternative? Who agreed to meet foreign leaders unconditionally (come on over, Castro II or Mugabe)? Or sat in a church and listened to hate spewed by a pastor for 20 yrs, only to disavow him when it became a liability? Sure, Obama must seem like a real peachy guy who would NEVER say anything he thinks we want to hear. If you like a bigger federal government and more social program black holes, vote Obama.
  • by Chris Ratliff Location: chloe on Jul 11, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    McCain will tell you anything you want to hear, it is the only hope he has. If you like economic depression vote McCain
  • by Eddie Location: pikeville on Jul 11, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    Bill in Letcher, you need to do your homework better. First off, McCain has a MUCH more detailed plan for clean coal than does Obama, you can check it out here: Next, the coal gasification plant in Pike was shut down after the esitmated costs of construction rose from $6 million to $40 millon. The decision to stop the funding was CONGRESS'S, not Reagan's. The oil price drop made the decision easy, and it was a ways from going online at the time. Also, Obama continues pushing for corn based ethanol, when Sugar Cane or Sweet Sorghum based ethanol shows a 6 times better ratio of product used to product created (in other words, for every one unit of sugar cane, 8 units of fuel can be produced, versus 1 unit of corn producing 2 units of fuel). Why? Because he is in the pocket of Archer Daniels Midland, one of the largest corn growers in the country (check out his advisors, several are ADM executives).
  • by Bill Location: Letcher on Jul 11, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    It's interesting that Mike Carey attempts to appeal to the alleged clannishness of Appalachians by pointing out that Obama is not one of us. Neither was Kennedy or Clinton and Appalachia did pretty well by them, not to mention LBJ. Carey should do a little research on Obama's energy plan. It features coal much more prominently than McCain's, McCain is already deep in the pocket of big oil and Obama isn't. He has gone on record as committing to clean coal technology. Obama’s home state of Illinois is a coal producing state just like Ohio and Kentucky. With McCain we will just continue our dependence on foreign oil, in essence, putting money in the pockets of people who hate us. With Obama, the money will be spent in America and the jobs will go to Americans. And just for the record, coal gasification plants were about ready to come on line in Kentucky, one at the current site of Shelby Valley High School, when McCain's idol, Ronald Reagan shut it down in favor of foreign oil.
  • by Harvey on Jul 11, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    Look past race and vote Obama. His energy policy will keep coal going but change emission control, etc. McCain is just shooting for $10 / gallon gas.


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