Video: On clean coal, Biden takes bold stand against, um, Obama’s position; Update: McCain launches coalition to protect coal jobs

posted at 11:26 am on September 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via the Standard, here’s the relevant plank of Team Barry’s plan for green jobs:

Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.

Obama’s Department of Energy will enter into public private partnerships to develop five “first-of-a-kind” commercial scale coal-fired plants with clean carbon capture and sequestration technology.

And now here’s the Greasy one, summarily outsourcing those jobs to China. Did I or did I not tell you that the man’s a genius?

That’s twice now in about 18 hours that Biden’s undermined his own campaign. Are they just not cc’ing him on the memos anymore? Has the surging tide of Palinmania caused even Obama HQ to forget that he’s part of this campaign? Or is this all part of some dastardly Axelrodian plan to have him gaffe his way off the ticket, clearing the way for Her Majesty to come aboard and bring that stubborn 42 percent with her?

Not the only new gaffe of the morning either, do note. Exit question: Maybe this is all part of Al Gore’s master environmental strategy of China not having to go green until the U.S. does?

Update: Jay Cost makes an obvious point I should have flagged: This is going to play oh so sweetly in western Pennsylvania.

Update: Compare Biden’s direct condemnation in the clip — “We’re not supporting clean coal” and “No coal plants here in America” — with this balletic bit of spin from his spokesman:

The Democrats are responding by essentially reiterating Obama’s stance on the issue, implying that this was merely a matter of Biden speaking out of school.

“Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama and Senator Biden support clean coal technology,” says Biden spokesman David Wade. “Senator Biden’s point is that China is building coal plants with outdated technology every day, and the United States needs to lead by developing clean coal technologies. The Obama-Biden comprehensive energy plan will invest $150 billion over 10 years in clean energy technologies, including incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero-carbon coal facilities. The Obama-Biden Department of Energy is committed to developing 5 ‘first-of-a-kind’ commercial scale coal-fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration here in the United States.”

Update: Fresh off the presses from Team McCain. Go for the throat, Maverick!

ARLINGTON, VA — Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen, former Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) and RNC Chairman Mike Duncan will announce the McCain-Palin campaign’s Coalition to Protect Coal Jobs, a nationwide group including members of Congress, state government and other influential leaders. The coalition will help spread the message about the importance of clean coal technology and the advantages of tapping the country’s vast coal reserves. As part of John McCain’s “all of the above” energy plan, the Lexington Project, clean coal will be a strong component of the drive to energy independence. In addition to providing domestic energy, the coal industry is a key part of the economy in several states.

John McCain’s support for clean coal technology is in sharp contrast to that of his opponents. Joe Biden visited Virginia on Saturday, saying that he was a “hard-coal miner” and that it was “nice to be back in coal country” while Obama supporter, Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) said “Senator Obama’s a friend of coal.” But just two days later in Ohio, Senator Biden said he wants “no coal plants here in America” and that he and Senator Obama are “not supporting clean coal.”


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Isn`t western Pennyslvania where there is lots of coal?
Obama can kiss that state good-bye…well at least the non-Philadelphia parts…

Note to Joe: Hope you got that VP contract in writing.

albill on September 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

As Mark “The Great One” Levin says “Biden the dumbest man in the Senate”

USMCDevilDog on September 23, 2008 at 3:58 PM

The Obama-Biden comprehensive energy plan will invest $150 billion over 10 years in clean energy technologies, including incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero-carbon coal facilities.

These #$%$^^& are so in your face with this. Of course he supports it and plans to pour money into it. His top backers and long time string pullers are companies like ComEd/Exelon who own and operate nuclear plants as well as wind farms and hydro-electric plants.

On the coal, just remember that the Woods Foundation that gave Obama his start is the Woods family, coal suppliers for ComEd.

These people are just buying our damn election and nobody cares. ggrrrr.

Kat_Mo on September 23, 2008 at 4:12 PM

If Palin had said something as stupid as any of Biden’s gaffes, it would be front-page news.

jgapinoy on September 23, 2008 at 4:15 PM

“Seanator, Senator….Dude, you need a mint.”

Elizabetty on September 23, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Is Biden working for Hillary? He gets himself dumped and then the Hill tells Oblibo to shove it?

Bishop on September 23, 2008 at 4:40 PM

If Palin had said something as stupid as any of Biden’s gaffes, it would be front-page news.

jgapinoy on September 23, 2008 at 4:15 PM

That’s because it isn’t news when Biden does something stupid. He always does something stupid. If Palin did something stupid, it would be unusual, therefore newsworthy. The real complaint is that if Obama said it, it wouldn’t make the papers. The media think Obama is a genius, and for him to do something stupid should be news.

Buford Gooch on September 23, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Sam I am. That Sam-I-am! I do not like green eggs and clean coal plants – again.

Not this week.

Teddy on September 23, 2008 at 4:48 PM

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I think this girl who might have voted for the Obama/Biden ticket was scarred off by Biden getting in her face and pointing fingers… all the touching is creepy. Where is NOW on this grotesque invasion of personal space.

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papa_giorgio on September 23, 2008 at 5:07 PM

I am writing my Congressman….. Boucher that is :

Dear Congressman Boucher,

I don’t see a correlation between your statement and spoken fact. Case in point: Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) said “Senator Obama’s a friend of coal.”
Our “friend of coal” Sen. Obama’s VP canidate stated the following “Biden said he wants “no coal plants here in America” and that he and Senator Obama are “not supporting clean coal.”
What is it Congressman, is he a “Friend of Coal” when it is expedient for China to mine and produce clean coal and not Virginians or did you mispeak about our “friends” to the UMWA and all those in SW VA who depend upon coal for a living? I await your response.

joe99jpn on September 23, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Eww..he was probably spitting in her face, literally. I find it remarkable that he would spend so much time and energy with one protestor.

Moxie on September 23, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Coal is black. John McCain is a racist.

/Karen Tumulty, et al.

SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Coal is black. John McCain is a racist.

/Karen Tumulty, et al.

SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 6:40 PM

And what is all this talk about “clean coal?” Next they are going to say it is articulate.

Elizabetty on September 23, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Maybe this is just another chance for Biden to use one of those Beretta’s he was talking about last week. You know, step one, load yer firearm, aim at yer foot, fire!

InTheBellyoftheBeast on September 23, 2008 at 7:59 PM

http://www.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/biden_its_nice_to_be_back_in_coal_country/14195/

Worth a look at how true SW Virginians feel about Mr. Smugs and Plugs plans…..

joe99jpn on September 23, 2008 at 9:36 PM

And what is all this talk about “clean coal?” Next they are going to say it is articulate.

Elizabetty on September 23, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Heh…good one!

SouthernGent on September 23, 2008 at 10:33 PM

The thing that everyone is overlooking here is Joe the Mouth’s track record. Namely, that he invariably says what the Democratic Party’s leadership really thinks, on any subject, in public- often when the leadership would rather that the American people did not know what their real intentions were.

Some prior examples;

June, 1993, while the assault weapon ban and Brady Bill were being debated, and Bill Clinton said that there “could be a middle ground” on things like magazine capacities, etc;

(Joe, on TV, on the Senate floor, pounding the podium like Khrushchev)

No, no, no! No compromises! (Pounds in time to his words) This-Is-Religious-Dogma!

(No, he wasn’t talking about the Immaculate Conception.)

June, 2008, while the first (failed) Energy Bill was being debated on the floor, while the Dems were saying “there must be some role for coal, oil, and nuclear power in our energy future”:

Any bill containing any nuclear power development is dead on arrival.

And now, when the Obamessiah tries to garner UMW votes by paying lip service to “clean coal”, Joe basically tells everyone,

You want coal in our immaculate future? Go F*** yourself.

If you want to know what the Democrats really plan to do to you if they win this election, pay very close attention to Joe Biden. Because he’s the only one who you’ll ever get the facts from, however inadvertently.

Then think hard- very hard- about whether or not you can live with the consequences of their plans for you.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM

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