Obama’s latest “evolution”: Coal suddenly reappears in energy plan

posted at 3:21 pm on May 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

On Wednesday, I pointed out that Barack Obama’s so-called “all of the above” energy plan, as explained on his campaign website, had a very large omission.  This graphic represented the energy policy on which Obama was campaigning for re-election:

In case the graph on the left isn’t clear enough, here it is by itself:

Oddly, the “all of the above” approach excluded coal, which sources 45% of all electricity produced in the US, sustains more than a half-million jobs, and allows for lower prices to consumers and businesses.  After nearly losing in coal-dependent West Virginia’s Democratic primary to a felon currently in federal prison in Texas, suddenly Obama has “evolved” on energy policy, too, as Conn Carroll noticed at the Washington Examiner:

 

Michael Warren points out that the likely audience here isn’t West Virginia, but Pennsylvania and Ohio:

All topics are still available to read except for “fuel efficiency.” That’s been replaced by “clean coal.” The site touts Obama’s “10-year goal to develop and deploy cost-effective clean coal technology.”

Obama isn’t likely to win West Virginia this year–ever since George W. Bush won the state in 2000, it’s been in Republican hands at the presidential level. But consider that swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio also have coal industries, and the change on Obama’s campaign website makes a bit more political sense.

Well, it only makes political sense if anyone believes that a second Obama term would be less hostile to coal than the first Obama term.  Obama promised in January 2008 that his energy policies would bankrupt coal operators and make energy prices “skyrocket.”  Treating coal as an afterthought in his campaign’s energy policy website demonstrates exactly how coal would get treated in a second Obama term, and this time voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio have plenty of first-hand experience with Obama’s war on that industry.


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HE NEEDS A BRICKET UP HIS BUTT!

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Environmentatlists, your president just devolved.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

…anything for a vote for this slut!

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

ETCH THAT SKETCH!
ETCH THAT SKETCH!

Chuck Schick on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Barry is not having a good week.

Oil Can on May 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Over 200,000 jobs lost and energy prices up by 30%, while over 40% of all U.S. energy is still coal…plus the rubes in the Virginias not voting for the Miracle One…heh, heh, heh…Focus on gay marriage, dummy.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

What a tool.

Weight of Glory on May 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

It will come off right after the election.

WisRich on May 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

wtf, like taxing our way to prosperity we need to go broke upping fuel efficiency as the way to become energy independent!

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I couldn’t believe, in 2008, that Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia went for Obama after he siad he would put coal out of business. What buffoons. I hope they don’t fall for the banana in the tail pipe again. You can go ahead and build coal plants, but we’re going to make it too expensive to run (Paraphrasing)

ratherbskiing on May 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

clean coal = closing down all the coal plants.

lorien1973 on May 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The “intellectual” just devolved.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The only coal Obama has any use for is the coal he’s left in America’s stocking.

Mr. Arkadin on May 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Vote whore…

PatriotRider on May 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It will come off right after the election.
WisRich on May 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

THIS. Nice thing about websites, they’re so easy to change…

Marcola on May 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

See what a mullett in jail can do to Chicago thugs :O

burrata on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Ham handed, to say the least.

Now, about Obama’s runaway EPA issuing more regulations to shut down coal-fired power plants.

IF Obama were truly interested in “all of the above” he’d direct the EPA to knock it off.

He isn’t.

He won’t.

Still a putz.

A very dangerous, malevolent putz.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Well, it only makes political sense if anyone believes that a second Obama term would be less hostile to coal than the first Obama term.

Unicorns for all!!!!

Tim_CA on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

This is to save PA.

Gay May will drive the non-metro, western PA areas nutzoid.

Barry needs to grease Rendell’s “Labor” boys, or else they won’t pull for him.

Quid pro quo; Barry wants same-sex marriage, they want union jobs.

Labor will vote for Barry, knowing full well he’s going to federalize gay marriage, and in turn, PA will get a pass on fracking.

Barry had the EPA do this numerous times when Strickland ran Ohio.

budfox on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Too many party loyalists in Pennsylvania and Ohio – if the O keeps his promise regarding coal – then they get what they deserve.

Hill60 on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

It will disappear when Obama has more flexibility.

The Rogue Tomato on May 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I’m shocked he has “nucular” up there.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Quote of the day:

“Obama’s a socialist a**hole”

Beach Boy Bruce Johnston

PatriotRider on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Clean and articulate coal. And it’s also black so it has the minority thing going for it too. It would be bigoted NOT to be for it. I even heard someone say that clean coal was gay, so really, unless you are a redneck homophobe, you have to be for clean coal.

Lily on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

coal, which sources 45% of all electricity produced in the US

Plus, they make it resemble a pie chart where everything looks equal. Dimwits and the Democrat core constituency (but I repeat myself) will just look at the pretty picture and think ‘green’ sources of energy can save us all from the coming environmental catastrophe. Which is always coming in the next 3 to 5 years.

Fenris on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

And tomorrow’s Obamateurism of the Day is born.

DRayRaven on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

This is to save PA.

Barry had the EPA do this numerous times when Strickland ran Ohio.

budfox on May 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

If he could, he’d nationalize the private natural gas fields and claim full credit for all production there.

Look this over.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

What’s next, support for the Contras?

Akzed on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Good golly, Miss Molly. It ain’t even election time and already Obammy is getting more flexible.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

What do you mean he didn’t have coal listed before? That’s simply not true. Obama was always in favor of EastCoal-Asia!

Sincerely,

Libiots

GadsdenRattlers on May 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

It will disappear when Obama has more flexibility.

The Rogue Tomato on May 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

+1

Deafdog on May 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Communists have the ability to lie and think it’s the truth.

Axion on May 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Barry is not having a good week.

Oil Can on May 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Here’s to hoping it lasts thru 11/6/12.

Clink

antipc on May 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Barry is not having a good weekterm.

Oil Can on May 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

FIFY. :)

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Who that is really in the coal industry is going to believe this. That’s the thing about second terms. You aren’t unknown anymore.

earlgrey133 on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Seriously though…I think they are just making this stuff up as they go along. I doubt there is any sort of “plan” behind this rhetoric.

If by “plan” you mean “score card of the golf course he played yesterday” then maybe….

GadsdenRattlers on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Is Obama bullying the EPA?

What does this do to Algore? Nothing, he knows that Obama lies as good as he does.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Shameless Plug.

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GadsdenRattlers on May 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

A true pie chart would have wind and solar as barely discernible slivers.

kenny on May 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Akzed on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Obama’s support for AQ-North Africa is abundantly clear. As is his support for Islamofacism.

Of course, he does this in his typical passive-aggressive fashion.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

It these in the coal states or any state that has oil and gas fall for this krap and vote for bho, SHAME ONE YOU! Even if bho said this, do you think the epa will stop their endless suits against these energy companies?

I just wish bho would loose his voice for six months so no more lies would come out! Too much to ask? Probably so.
L

letget on May 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obama is about as committed to coal as Adolph Hitler was to the Torah. Obama almost loses to a convicted felon and all of a sudden coal is back in the mixture. Does he think people are that damn stupid?

logicman_1998 on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

With all the EPA restrictions on coal that Obama’s Lisa Jackson put in place over the past three years, does anybody really believe that Obama wants to develop “clean” coal? How “clean” does it have to be? No ash? No sulfur? No carbon dioxide?

Obama to coal industry: We clobbered you last time, but we PWOMISE we won’t do it again. Pinkie-pwomise! Pwease?

Steve Z on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Environmentatlists, your president just devolved flip-flopped..

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

C’mon man up, Schadenfreude. When you are referring to Obama, you need to call a spade a spade.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Perhaps Vladimir told his flexible friend Obama that in Russia, they refer to coal as “black gold”.

Archivarix on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

All topics are still available to read except for “fuel efficiency.” That’s been replaced by “clean coal.” The site touts Obama’s “10-year goal to develop and deploy cost-effective clean coal technology.”

So what’s his plan for clean coal?

Steve Z on May 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

“Clean coal” as in the coal found under Clinton’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?

Gunlock Bill on May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

So what’s his plan for clean coal?

Steve Z on May 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Turn it white.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

It will come off right after the election.

WisRich on May 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Along with Oil and Gas.

dogsoldier on May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Ah, yes, Pennsylvania: the state that gave us Arlen Spector, that gifted us year after year with that crook John Murtha, that voted for Barack Hussein Obama and against Rick Santorum. And why will they vote Republican this year? Not seeing it.

natasha333 on May 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

“That should lower airfares.”

—Slow Joe Biden

/

viking01 on May 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

C’mon man up, Schadenfreude. When you are referring to Obama, you need to call a spade a spade.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Hey, that was super sarcasm at the media’s “he evolved on the gay item”.

Internalize this, when the left flip-flops it’s “evolution”, when the right does it’s a flip-flop.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

natasha333 on May 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Pennsylvania Democrat voting patterns:

Union thugs and minorities on drugs.

Its a lock.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Jumbopimp-A-Sketch versus tiny etch-a-sketch.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Obama is about as committed to coal as Adolph Hitler was to the Torah. Obama almost loses to a convicted felon and all of a sudden coal is back in the mixture. Does he think people are that damn stupid?

logicman_1998 on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Sadly, Yes.

Even more sadly, some people really are that damn stupid.

Bitter Clinger on May 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

wtf, like taxing our way to prosperity we need to go broke upping fuel efficiency as the way to become energy independent!

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I suspect your tires are not properly inflated.

Night Owl on May 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Er..Um…how do you show grading on a curve in a pie chart? This must be it.

oldroy on May 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Obvious O is up to manipulative electioneering, just like his pro-gay May, and his spiking the ball on killing (not capturing) Osama. Obama. Start making a meme of it (his insincere electioneering).

anotherJoe on May 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Let’s see if he’ll come out and promote clean coal now. Isn’t that a stated edict from his administration?

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

What happened to Fuel Efficiency?

mankai on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

way to sure up Ohio, champ.

NickelAndDime on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Quote of the day:
“Obama’s a socialist a**hole”
Beach Boy Bruce Johnston
PatriotRider on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

“And we had fun,fun,fun
‘Till Obama took our money awaa-ayyy”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Even more sadly, some people really are that damn stupid.

Bitter Clinger on May 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Some are wilfully ignorant, but yes, most just damn stupid.

oldroy on May 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Plus, they make it resemble a pie chart where everything looks equal. Dimwits and the Democrat core constituency (but I repeat myself) will just look at the pretty picture and think ‘green’ sources of energy can save us all from the coming environmental catastrophe. Which is always coming in the next 3 to 5 years.

Fenris on May 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

HERE is what the energy consumption for the U.S. was back in 2010.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Does he think people are that damn stupid?
logicman_1998 on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Nov 4,2008:
52%
The defense rests.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I suspect your tires are not properly inflated.

Night Owl on May 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I drive an F150. I don’t think removing the tires altogether would make a difference.

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

So The Dog Eater is now against fuel efficiency?

edshepp on May 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Anything but jobs and the economy…

d1carter on May 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Isn’t it possible if, say, Barry might evolve into an actual president given enough time?

What am I saying? Sorry for the crazy talk…

Dack Thrombosis on May 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Isn’t it possible if, say, Barry might evolve into an actual president given enough time?

What am I saying? Sorry for the crazy talk…

Dack Thrombosis on May 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Beißen Sie Ihre Zunge!

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

“Clean coal” is like “Moderate democrate”.

SouthernGent on May 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Michael Warren points out that the likely audience here isn’t West Virginia, but Pennsylvania and Ohio:

So that inmate who got 40% of the West Virginia democrat primary vote running against Obama, had nothing to do with it?
It’s just a coincidence.

Dr Evil on May 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Was er sagte.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Isn’t it possible if, say, Barry might evolve into an actual president given enough time?

What am I saying? Sorry for the crazy talk…

Dack Thrombosis on May 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Since when is the presidency an evolutionary training ground?

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

“Clean coal” as in the coal found under Clinton’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?

Gunlock Bill on May 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Yeah, that same stuff that he declared off-limits by EO.

CurtZHP on May 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Was er sagte.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Scheisse! Er ist ein Dummkopf.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Hey, that was super sarcasm at the media’s “he evolved on the gay item”.

Internalize this, when the left flip-flops it’s “evolution”, when the right does it’s a flip-flop.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Got ‘cha….but wasn’t that “spade a spade” quip clever, considering the point of reference?

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Since when is the presidency an evolutionary training ground?

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Since January 2009?

Dack Thrombosis on May 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Barry could not evolve if Darwin was actively helping him.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Was er sagte.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I’m saying “Bite your tongue”, but German has no equal saying, so I just bastardized an American saying into Deutsch.

Sehr gut? Ja?

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is becoming an ex-president evolving or devolving?

Dack Thrombosis on May 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Gar Nicht so schlecht. Habe ich schon besseres gesehen.

:-)

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

So that inmate who got 40% of the West Virginia democrat primary vote running against Obama, had nothing to do with it?
It’s just a coincidence.

Dr Evil on May 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I can’t remember how many coal fired power plants are being closed here in PA, as well as OH and WV, but it’s a lot. I keep saying that the people here are finally making a living because of fracking, and the EPA is trying to shut it down, and I don’t think even the biggest democrat union worker is willing to starve to death so Obama can have green energy. We’ll see.

Night Owl on May 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

If Obama keeps evolving at this rate he will be a regular Guild Navigator before election day.

novaculus on May 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

HERE is what the energy consumption for the U.S. was back in 2010.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

yes, but note it does depend on whether you’re talking electricity vs all energy produced/consumed. Coal really is a huge percent of electricity.

Fenris on May 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

“Clean Coal” doesn’t exist, at least not on anything close to a large scale. That refers to coal plants that capture the CO2, and sequester it underground. About 65% of the energy produced gets used in stripping out the CO2 and getting it “safely” underground. Probably about as economic, almost, as solar power.

At this point he may as well add a matter/anti-matter reactor controlled with dilithium crystals to the mix.

iurockhead on May 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Scheisse! Er ist ein Dummkopf.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Danke. Sie sind sehr freundlich!

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Scheisse! Er ist ein Dummkopf.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Frau Thomas? is that you?

meine oderkorbelspieller ist krank

poor woman had me for two years…

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

If Obama keeps evolving at this rate he will be a regular Guild Navigator before election day.

novaculus on May 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

The spice must flow!!!!!

logicman_1998 on May 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Gar Nicht so schlecht. Habe ich schon besseres gesehen.

:-)

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Bis spaeter.

timberline on May 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Entschuldigung für den Deutschen.

Just don’t know how to say much more than “Merci, beaucoup.” or so Obama told us.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

ssssshhhhhhh…whisper “wait until after the election.” Then I won’t have to worry about the next election. hee hee hee

karlinsync on May 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Now, about this “clean coal” gimmick.

How does one parse a lie?

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Environmentatlists, your president just devolved.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

haha :-)..hey now, the man is complex and multi-faceted (as in Janus-faced :-), so it’s only natural that he evolves some, devolves some :-)…

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Let’s see if he’ll come out and promote clean coal now. Clean coal doesn’t exist. Isn’t that a stated edict from his administration?

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Somehow my complete thought didn’t reach my fingers.

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

DanMan on May 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

No, I just used babelfish.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

haha :-)..hey now, the man is complex and multi-faceted multi-feceted

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

You’re welcome

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Does this mean they are going to reverse themselves on all the coal power plants they announced are closing?

Night Owl on May 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to ten years ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FutureGen

We could have had clean coal years ago if the gov’t hadn’t half-assed it all this time.

The Schaef on May 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

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