Video: Of course there’s no Obama war on coal!

posted at 8:41 am on June 20, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The President is hard at work on your behalf in the crucial swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. He’s deploying his forces to let you know that there is absolutely no “war on coal” and that he’s on the side of America’s energy needs. And to prove it, he wants to inform you that he… um… he would like you to know that… OK. I don’t even know what he’s trying to say. But by golly he’s got Ted Strickland out on the stump to explain it. (Quotes after the short video from the local news team.)

Ted Strickland, along with a number of local Democratic leaders, gathered outside the new V & M Star mill in Girard Thursday afternoon to tout Barack Obama’s energy policies.The governor’s stop was part of a two-week swing through the Buckeye State, as part of the Obama campaign’s “Made in Ohio Energy Tour.”

Although the former governor claims the administration is pursuing all forms of energy production, supporters of the coal industry claim the president is doing everything he can to push them out of business.

Strickland argued that’s not true.

“In fact, the President has said just the opposite, and he followed through with resources. Five billion dollars from this administration has gone into efforts to do the research that will enable us to use coal in a way that is environmentally acceptable,” Strickland said.

Did you catch that last bit? The president has “followed through with resources” in the form of a chunk of change to essentially figure out ways to use coal without burning it. If one were really following through on such a position, rather than tossing a few bucks to yet another green initiative research project, one might consider putting a leash on the EPA before they shut down half of the coal industry.

Over in Pennsylvania, yet another potentially key state, lawmakers have had enough of the doublespeak and Tim Murphy lays it on the line.

“We have the energy resources to unleash tremendous prosperity in this land,” Murphy said, “but first and only if the federal government gets out of the way.”

Murphy argues that the EPA under President Barack Obama is not working towards making power plants cleaner, but instead making them inoperable.

Well, sure. But Murphy is a Republican. At least the Democrats are all still on Obama’s side on this one, right? Not so fast there, Skippy. It looks like Mark Critz (who replaced Jack Murtha) won’t even be attending the Democratic convention. This is known in some circles as “distancing yourself from the President.” In other circles it’s known as abandoning a sinking ship with the rats.


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ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Check out today’s dailycaller. There is an incredible article about Ding-Dong’s bundlers–especially the ones behind anti-coal funding.

I don’t know why, it shouldn’t surprise me, but the article left me stunned and sickened. It isn’t like we don’t know this, but to see the numbers in writing….holy cow.

herm2416 on June 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

It looks like Mark Critz (who replaced Jack Murtha) won’t even be attending the Democratic convention. This is known in some circles as “distancing yourself from the President.”

We need to start a tally of all the Dems who are reportedly not attending the convention. It can’t be due to a lack of seating given where Obama will be giving his acceptance speech.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Depressing thought for the day.

In the midst of the Great Depression after 4 years of failing to end the economic meltdown, voters overwhelmingly re-elected the Incumbent Progressive icon.

Voters in Ohio/WVa/Pennsylvania…….are you awake?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Uplifting thought for the day.

Mitt Romney doesn’t appear to be Alf Landon, and Obama is certainly no FDR.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…YOU LIE…!!!
Joe Biden not talking?

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The president has “followed through with resources” in the form of a chunk of change to essentially figure out ways to use coal without burning it.

I recommend Christmas presents for Obama.

The Rogue Tomato on June 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Democrats lie.

Axion on June 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Says Napoleon.

Electrongod on June 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Strickland is probably referring to the old zero-emissions plant concept, which Bush proposed TEN YEARS AGO, and which the government started and eventually dumped when the cost tripled during construction (a government project over budget? Inconceivable!). When Obama got egg on his face and redid the DoE website to include Clean Coal, they just trotted out that old lemon again and are making a show of trying to get the project off the ground again.

That is the beginning, middle and end of the administration’s efforts to bolster the coal industry.

The Schaef on June 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Nope there is no White House commie war on coal, just a White House commie war on all of America.

bgibbs1000 on June 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

You can fool some of the people some of the time , But the people working or not working in the coal industry know the liar Obama is not their friend.

RockyJ. on June 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

The Count on June 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Mitt could win PA if he hammers away on the energy issue here. Oh yeah, and the crap economy that isn’t getting any better.

Philly on June 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

“When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” -Barack H. Obama

thebrokenrattle on June 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

OT: A new Bloomberg poll of likley voters has Obama up 53-40. I guess it’s all over now. /

levi on June 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

When coal is burned no water is made, so no rising oceans or flooding
/

tomg51 on June 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Depressing thought for the day.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Different time, different man. But I get your point.

cozmo on June 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Oh, and on behalf of Ohio, we apologize to the rest of America for subjecting you to this guy.

The only part I don’t understand is, since he left the House to run for governor, and since he’s 18 months out of office while Kasich cleans up his budget mess, he currently holds no political position, so how is this guy part of a gaggle of “Democrat leaders”? What, cause he helped torpedo SB5?

The Schaef on June 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

The Count on June 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Ya beat me…but it needed to be quoted.

thebrokenrattle on June 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

$5 billion for research,not a bad gig to get if you’re one of the in crowd.

docflash on June 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I cannot recall a Democrat convention with so many elected Democrats not attending. New Blue Dog numbers? Obama is converting people to conservatism, perhaps even among his own ranks.

theCork on June 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

It looks like Mark Critz (who replaced Jack Murtha) won’t even be attending the Democratic convention. This is known in some circles as “distancing yourself from the President.” In other circles it’s known as abandoning a sinking ship with the rats.

Looks like they might want to re-think how much space they need for the acceptance speech. Perhaps instead of Bank of America stadium they can rent the ballroom at the airport Holiday Inn (assuming the bar mitzvah doesn’t run long. Just think how much that would save in the cost of fake Greek columns.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

New Blue Dog numbers? Obama is converting people to conservatism, perhaps even among his own ranks.

theCork on June 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Hardly. This is political self-survival and nothing more.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The Count on June 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Ya beat me…but it needed to be quoted.

thebrokenrattle on June 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Oh we can do better than quote it. How about we let the man speak for himself on the issue of coal.

Oldnuke on June 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I’m curious. What energy souce provides power, heat and AC to the White House? I haven’t noticed any solar panels or windmills, so I’m guessing President Harvard Brainiac is keeping the kids cool in summer and warm in winter with fossil fuels.

What’s up wit dat Jug-Ears?

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Let them eat coal.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Groan…sigh…

I’ve been posting this since 2008:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining_in_the_United_States

Twenty-six states produce coal.[3] The major coal-producing states are (in descending order as of 2000, with annual production in thousands of short tons):[4][5]

Wyoming (338,900).
West Virginia (158,257)
Kentucky (130,688) (see Coal mining in Kentucky)
Pennsylvania (74,619)
Texas (49,498)
Montana (38,352)
Illinois (33,444)
Virginia (32,834)
North Dakota (31,270)
Colorado (29,137) (see Coal mining in Colorado)
Indiana (27,965)
New Mexico (27,323)
Utah (26,656)
Ohio (22,269)
Alabama (19,324)
Arizona (13,111)

Total United States: 1,437,174

The Republican Party is asleep at the wheel.

patch on June 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

OHIO MADE signs in the background are exactly like the MINNESOTA MADE signs. See
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/article_2cade3b6-ba8e-11e1-8617-001a4bcf887a.html

mitch088 on June 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

No war? Really.

Then someone tell me why i got this email the other day from my electric co-op…

Please see the message below from our President & CEO.
SEC Grassroots “Take Action Network” Members
This is our first attempt to contact you via e-mail about important regulatory and legislative issues affecting SEC. The EPA’s recently proposed regulations for greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions standards pose a great risk to our ability to meet base load needs via coal fired power. This is also the first call to action as part of a VMDAEC statewide “Take Action Network” – a grassroots effort to periodically let your voice be heard on important legislative and regulatory issues affecting SEC. Please take a moment to click on this link http://takeaction.nreca.coop/ to learn about proposed greenhouse gas emissions standard, and let the lawmakers and policymakers know how you feel. This issue has the ability to impact SEC’s rates in the future.

If you prefer contacting the EPA directly, we would ask you to tell them that regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is outside their legal authority, and that Congress should pass laws if they wish to regulate greenhouse gasses. Please ask the EPA to withdraw its proposed greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants.

BierManVA on June 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Let them eat coal.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

…Mooch would approve!…no calories!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Ted Strickland, along with a number of local Democratic leaders, gathered outside the new V & M Star mill in Girard Thursday afternoon to tout Barack Obama’s energy policies.The governor’s stop was part of a two-week swing through the Buckeye State, as part of the Obama campaign’s “Made in Ohio Energy Tour.”

Wait a minute…the Governor of Ohio is John Kasich!

Five billion dollars from this administration has gone into efforts to do the research that will enable us to use coal in a way that is environmentally acceptable,” Strickland said.

So we’ll use lots of energy from oil and gas to compress coal into diamonds? Could we sell the diamonds for more than $5 billion?

Steve Z on June 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Oh, and on behalf of Ohio, we apologize to the rest of America for subjecting you to this guy.

The only part I don’t understand is, since he left the House to run for governor, and since he’s 18 months out of office while Kasich cleans up his budget mess, he currently holds no political position, so how is this guy part of a gaggle of “Democrat leaders”? What, cause he helped torpedo SB5?

The Schaef on June 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

We Buckeye’s are together on this…. Strickland led the most vile deceitful, dishonest, distorted campaign against SB5 imaginable.. he backed the public union position so outrageous even the Columbus Dispatch, hardly a conservative paper, stated the unions were outright lying.. and Strickland still bitter and desperate to get his job back after getting the boot in 2010, joined in that dog and pony show.. Kasich’s Facebook page was swamped with union family shills who told one lie after another.. then they wished death on Kasich and all his supporters.. All swearing Strickland was the peoples champion and how we were all insane for voting him out ,.. etc etc etc etc…

Strickland never stopped camapigning after he lost the governors seat..

He’s that childish, that petty and small minded. Anyone else would have moved on.. Strickland is the public unions pet and will lie for them till his dying day.. I’d bet anything they are keeping him on their payroll… just to continue their smear campaign against Kasich.

We, the sane Buckeyes apologize for Strickland.. God help us, he’s the new Metzenbuam. The progressive lying dirtbag who never went away.. Ohio has always been plagued by these left politicians who hold on to union support, but nobody else likes.

I wish Strickland does run again against Kasich, just to see him get crushed.

mark81150 on June 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Let them eat coal.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

…Mooch would approve!…no calories!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I most vehemently disagree. Having done calorimetry to test for btu content of coal I can assure you that coal is chock a block full of calories. If the ash content is high enough you could probably consider it a source of roughage too.

Oldnuke on June 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

There was always a silent rule, that having lost the Governorship, you sit down and shut up…

Strickland has the crass demeanor of a Teamster mob owned boss and all the honesty and class to go with it.

mark81150 on June 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Looks like a grand total of about 15 people stood behind former Governor Strickland in that video. If the news media hadn’t covered it, would anybody be listening?

Steve Z on June 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Strickland has the crass demeanor of a Teamster mob owned boss and all the honesty and class to go with it.

mark81150 on June 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

It’s the Chicago way. You get to call your political opponents the enemy. You get to ignore the Constitution when it is inconvenient for effective pandering to one of the indentity groups who are restive about how little you’ve delivered to their cause. Strickland is a perfect representative of the jug-eared Kenyan who has failed as President, American, leader, father, and human being.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

To quote Joey Biden “NO coal! NO coal!”

GarandFan on June 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I wish Strickland does run again against Kasich, just to see him get crushed.

mark81150 on June 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I thought I recognized that ugly head of Strickland. Kasich is doing for Ohio what should be done at the Fed level. Get it under control. It is amazing how quickly it can get turned around with the RIGHT people involved.

Now, if we can just get rid of Sherrod Brown…..

Slogan for Ohio 2012 election: If it’s Brown flush it down.

Maybe I shouldn’t capitalize the B …..

flstc on June 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

More coal; more oil than any time in history. He says that while deploying efforts to stop both. The unemployed in WVA know the truth and only have more incentive to vote Barry out. Next year at this time, he will pay his own fuel bill.

democratsarefools on June 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Strickland, I believe, is the guy who ‘arranged’ to release confidential State files on the Joe the Plumber.

pat on June 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Strickland is a fool. He claimed he’s never heard Obama say anything negative about coal, and also told Ohio that Obama respects the 2nd amendment.

KeepOhioRed on June 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Sock puppet time. He reads a prewritten narrative.

seven on June 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM

What’s with the Luxembourg flags on their signs?

Bruce MacMahon on June 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Ever notice how mentally challenged the people that are in the background for all obama and his toadies speeches look?

These people will do anything for a handout and have no shame. Even a opossum or a buzzard has some shame. They have none.

acyl72 on June 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Voters in Ohio/WVa/Pennsylvania…….are you awake?

WV won’t exactly be a swing state this year. Don’t blame us, we voted for the prisoner!

humdinger on June 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

What part of “I’m gonna bankrupt the coal-fired power plants if you build one” do they not understand?

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/president-obama-keeps-promise-to-bankrupt-coal-industry/

dthorny on June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Obama spoke the truth in 2008 when he expressed his intent to bankrupt the coal industry and “necessarily skyrocket” energy prices. He lies when he says there is no war on coal.

rockncoal on June 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I didn’t think Ohio could get a dumber governor than Taxin’ Bob Daft. Then we put Taxin’ Ted in office.

If you want an idea of what an idiot this din bulb is, check out Ohio’s “Healthcare Franchise Fee,” which is, in essence, a tax on healthcare providers, levied to help make Medicaid look less insolvent. Yes, that’s right, he didn’t rob Peter to pay Paul; He robbed Paul to pay Paul.

arik1969 on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“In fact, the President has said just the opposite, and he followed through with resources. Five billion dollars from this administration has gone into efforts to do the research that will enable us to use coal in a way that is environmentally acceptable,” Strickland said.

That’s not the administration’s money, that’s taxpayer dollars, that’s my money!

PatMac on June 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Right, if Obama had been engaging a war on Coal it would look totally different from what he’s been doing… for instance he would have… um… uh…

Wait, what would he do differently, just hypothetically, if he DID want to engage in a wart on Coal.

I think he’d do EVERYTHING he has done, oh and he’d send out some patsy to claim he wasn’t for cover for his actions…

Whoopsie.

gekkobear on June 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM