And today? How about him bragging (in San Fransisco, naturally) that the energy policies that he's going to put in place include one that is intended to bankrupt any company that attempts to build a coal-fired power plant. Ever again.
Don't believe me?
From a transcript of an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle this past January:
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted. (link) [emphasis in the original]
But, you say, Obama and Biden have come here in recent weeks and declared themselves to be friends of the coal industry. There's no way Obama said this.
Well, here's the audio:
Barack Obama is hereby banned from ever visiting Southwest Virginia again. What a weasel.
And any adult male or female living in Buchanan, Wise, Dickenson, Tazewell, and Russell Counties who votes for this guy deserves to lose his or her job.
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