Senator McCain Says He'll Keep Coal In His Energy Plan

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Some call coal the backbone of eastern Kentucky's economy.

Presidential candidate John McCain says he'll protect coal jobs across the country and keep coal as part of his plan for America's energy independence.

With nearly 18,000 people employed by coal in Kentucky, leaders in the coal industry are calling McCain's plan a breath of fresh air.

“I am very pleased that somebody recognizes the strategic importance of coal jobs, not only for energy independence of the United States, but also, coal play a major part in the economy in eastern Kentucky,” Paul Matney, Teco Coal, said.

Kentucky native and Chair of the Republican National Committee Mike Duncan says John McCain supports new forms of energy, including off shore drilling, solar and wind power, but says clean coal technology is also part of energy's future.

“For Obama and Biden to be against coal it really takes food off the table for people in eastern Kentucky, but more than that, it takes electricity away from people all over the state,” Duncan said.

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo says Barack Obama supports the coal to liquid plan for energy.

“He understands like most of us understand that if we bring coal into the 21st century, it will be used for a long long time and coal to liquids is a central part of that,” Lt. Governor Mongiardo Said.

Lt. Governor Mongiardo says coal is part of Obama's plans to make American energy independent.

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have said they're opposed to mountain top removal.


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  • by Halyn Location: Somerset on Sep 26, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    Whoop-de-doo for John McCain.
  • by Sara Location: eastern Kentucky on Sep 25, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    Mike Duncan, chair of the RNC says this: "to be against coal it really takes food off the table for people in eastern Kentucky, but more than that, it takes electricity away from people all over the state." Really? For someone in Lexington to go without power is worse than someone in Hazard going without food? Not being able to watch TV or having to dry your clothes on a line or wash your dishes by hand is worse than the starvation of folks in eastern Kentucky? Either Mr. Duncan has a problem with logic, or he, like the coal industry and the politicians that serve that industry, don't value enough the lives of eastern Kentuckians. Yet, all this is still beside the point: for, to be "against coal" will *not* lead to starvation or statewide blackouts. To work toward an alternative, such as renewables, is our greatest opportunity for good clean jobs here in the mountains, and a new, strong economy, one that can provide more "food on the tables" and more stable, affordable electricity.
  • by jessica Location: pike on Sep 25, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    Talk!talk!talk! thats all this man can do, lets vote him out for good.
  • by Terri on Sep 25, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    McBush says a lot of things and that depends on the minute,hour,day,month or year and I relly don't believe any of it.

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