Seems Ol' Rick finds himself putting a lotta lipstick on that pig lately.
From a lengthy and rambling Boucher press release that went out to the public this morning:
Coal is an underpinning of Southwest Virginia's economy and accounts for thousands of jobs in our coal producing counties. It is, therefore, important that we fully understand the positions of both presidential candidates on the future of coal and coal use in our economy.Do I need to post the audio again, Rick? That wasn't McCain talking. It was your pal, Barack Obama, saying:
Achieving that full understanding requires a bit of context. Three key points need to be made:
[blah blah blah]
The quote about utilities going bankrupt, to which Senator McCain referred in his brief airport stop in Tennessee this morning, was made in reference to the need for utilities building new coal-fired power plants to use carbon capture and sequestration technologies as a matter of economic necessity after carbon dioxide controls become law.
In no way did that quote suggested [sic] that Senator Obama is anti-coal. The quote is taken completely out of context.
Let me sort of describe my overall policy.Do we need "context" to understand the man's intentions? If a crook thrusts a gun in your face and snarls, "I'm going to kill you," do you need to place that threat in "context"? Obama begins by telling us that he's describing his "overall policy." That policy is intended to bankrupt the industry. There's no mistaking that.
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.
And there'll be no distorting that. Not anymore.
Barack Obama is an enemy of coal. Pure and simple.
And Rick Boucher whoring for him demeans all of us here in Southwest Virginia.
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*Special note To Rick Boucher: Lies don't win arguments in the end either. Obama wasn't the lead sponsor of that coal-to-liquid Senate bill. Jeff Bingamon of New Mexico was.