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 That’s been replaced by “clean coal.”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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And hydro will show up on it next week.

gregbert on May 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Not sure how this helps Mitt though.

Mitt jumped on Cap and Trade early signing it into law. First State to do so if I remember correctly.

Mitt says he will appoint the same kind of people he did in Mass. Well they were almost as bad as Obama’s picks.

Steveangell on May 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Gar Nicht so schlecht. Habe ich schon besseres gesehen.

:-)

coldwarrior on May 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

your Austrian is impeccable :-), Obama wants you to know he’s envious :)…they didn’t offer affirmative action scholarships in the Austrian Studies Department at Harvard (they were available only for native Indians :-), so he could never learn the language…

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

WHERE IS PALIN’s SOUNDBITE- of “ALL of the ABOVE Energy” policy-

ObieDope is RIPPING HER OFF !!!!

FlaMurph on May 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Coal? Regulated and fined out of existence.
Oil? Close the pipelines, work to ban fracking.
Natural gas? Again work to ban fracking.
Hydro? Destroy the dams for the good of the fish.
Nuclear? Ban any options for where to put waste

What forms of energy does Obama oppose?

All of the Above!

gekkobear on May 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

way to sure up Ohio, champ.

NickelAndDime on May 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Well, Ohio is a Red State again and we elected Gov. Kasich. He’s done a great job so far. So don’t give up on us:-)

bluefox on May 11, 2012 at 4:37 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

is it me or you just said that your (alas, our) president is full of scheisse?? :-)…oh, merde, I couldn’t have put it better in French :-)…

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

oh, merde, I couldn’t have put it better in French :-)…

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Let Mitt do that :)

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Well, hypocrite scumbag, if that’s how you feel then restore the coal industry TODAY by immediately undoing all the marxist regulations you put on any industry that isn’t wind, solar, or filling your pockets.

Till then, middle finger to you, stalin Jr.

Wolfmoon on May 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Obama did not merely add coal, he used it to replace “fuel efficiency.” Has he given up on fuel efficiency, or did his web page designer not know how to expand the chart?

Colony14 on May 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Winston, you never saw the website when we were at war with EastAsia, because we always have been at War with EurAisa. In ten more mins all the History books and websites will be changed and it will be established fact.

2+2=5

Bulletchaser on May 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Obama did not merely add coal, he used it to replace “fuel efficiency.” Has he given up on fuel efficiency, or did his web page designer not know how to expand the chart?

Colony14 on May 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

HA HA, You’re implying he actually believes his propaganda. Good one.

Till then, middle finger to you, stalin Jr.

Wolfmoon on May 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Okay, but what do you really think? Seriously though, it always amazes me when I read some euroweenie say that Obama’s just middle of the road and all the Republicans are more extreme than Atilla the Hun. Minds won’t be changed through rage, it’s just discounted.

Fenris on May 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

And hydro will show up on it next week.

gregbert on May 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Not if he gets his way with the “power grabbing law-of-the-sea treaty” I don’t know if sea water would apply, but this is an outrage, nonetheless.

totherightofthem on May 11, 2012 at 5:18 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

Well, let’s hope “the sleeper” awakens to stop him, eh? Plans within plans, etc.

totherightofthem on May 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The spice must flow!!!!!

logicman_1998 on May 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Got to it before me. With a better quote, too. ;-)

totherightofthem on May 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama did not merely add coal, he used it to replace “fuel efficiency.” Has he given up on fuel efficiency, or did his web page designer not know how to expand the chart?

Colony14 on May 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Yeh – I guess he’s assumed that we’ve already followed his diktat on tune-ups and properly inflated tires.

Hill60 on May 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Let Mitt do that :)

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

mais bien sûr :-)…

jimver on May 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Believe it, or not, this kind of CRAP is a VERY GOOD sign.

My collie says:

It means that the MSM is no longer in control of the narrative.

That’s right. The people commenting at sites like HotAir and the conservatives tweeting on Twitter are now controlling the narrative — and there is NO going back to the way things were before.

CyberCipher on May 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I work in an industry that is highly dependent on coal mining and use.

If our current dumba$$ in chief thinks people in the industry are going to just forget all about his open war on the coal industry he is highly overestimating his power of persuasion..

RockyJ. on May 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Evolving.

FerdtheMoonCat on May 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Whats that old song from the past, Mickey Gilley said,

Ain’t it funny how the girls all get prettier at closing time…

Well election time is coming fast, time for this lame a$$ potus to start sucking up … Obama hated you before, and now he wants you to think he loves you all over again…

What a loser .. He has nothing to offer us but our own money. Hey I can spend my own money just fine on my own thank you…

Barrack Obama, The Composite Man.

RockyJ. on May 11, 2012 at 6:25 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

Awesome post dude…

RockyJ. on May 11, 2012 at 6:27 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

Lmao… Love your sense of humor…

RockyJ. on May 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Sounds like O wants to try and shore up Pennsylvania by verbally pimping coal, He of course will disavow this opinion at the first opportunity. And like the bitter clingers that they are in PA they will forgive him.

notalemon on May 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

When is the hamster wheel gonna make it into his plan?

stukinIL4now on May 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Ironically, it was probably easier for him to “change his position” that it was for his web designer to “change the graphic”.

Michael K. on May 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Well, Obama is exactly where Romney is then. As governor, he pledged to not allow any new coal power plants that were not “clean coal” which sequestered the CO2 that feeds the plants we eat. Romney, almost exactly where Obama is, on Almost every single issue.

Way to go Republicans. You are about as bright as a forced change from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones that have enough mercury in them to create a toxic waste site out of your home when you break one. If you were a business, the amount of mercury put into your home for a breakage would cost you multiple tens of thousands of dollars to clean up and require you to make a report to the government. Of course, once everyone is forced to use these bulbs, the EPA will come up with the ability to force you to do that, or face large government interference in your life!

astonerii on May 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

After watching this humorless fool stumble around the world for the past three years, comedians will finally find him funny as he gets more and more desperate this year.

Admit it — something this transparently desperate is just funny.

Jaibones on May 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

why any investor in the energy sector would want to invest is beyond me when you’ve got a POTUS like this that shifts with the wind.

Badger40 on May 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

When a prison inmate gives you a run for your money in a coal state, maybe you might want to re-think coal energy… Even when you’re a socialist.

cajunpatriot on May 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Anyone think the state-run media will rake ZerO over the coals for stealing Palin’s line?

OccamsRazor on May 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Surprised to see oil on the list.

vcferlita on May 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

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