Pennsylvania residents who have been labeled racist, redneck, bitter, Bible-clinging, and selfish by various candidates of the Democratic Party may have a new label to add in the event of an Obama administration; unemployed. From Barack Obama:
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.
That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.
The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.
It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
The value of Pennsylvania coal (1999) was 2.1 billion dollars. Is that small change to Obama?
PA coal production ranked 4th in the nation in 1999. The State’s 430 Active coal mines produced 79 Million tons of coal. accounting for 7.22% of the total U.S. Coal production. Most of this coal was used to generate electricity. The 1999 value of PA coal was about $2.1 billion.
The mining sector is an important part of PA’s economy. PA’s mining industry accounts for 10,300 jobs resulting in personal income of 520 million dollars of direct income for PA workers. PA’s average mining salary including management and non mining personnel as well as mine personnel is approximately $50,000 per year. The Mining industry also accounts for indirect income to workers supporting the mining industry. In 1999 60,000 PA workers earned an estimated $1.4 billion dollars supporting the coal industry sector. source
Obama would put 60,000 Pennsylvania jobs at risk because of his unproven belief that Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is making the Earth a couple of degrees warmer? What does he plan to do about the melting ice caps on Mars?
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory. source
The planets Earth and Mars simultaneously warm yet on this planet the cause is Carbon Dioxide. Why is that not the “controversial theory?” Here’s another controversial theory – collecting one thin dime from a bankrupt industry to “pay for solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.” How’s that gonna happen?
Megawatthours (in Thousands) of Electric Generation By Source (2005):
Petroleum Liquids 58,572
Petroleum Coke 11,150
Natural Gas 238,204
Other 643 (source)
Bankrupt an industry which is responsible for the overwhelming production of electricity in this country? How’s that gonna work?
UPDATE: Sen. John McCain weighs in on the issue:
“My friends, you know what Senator Obama said about a year ago, he said he had not been a, quote, coal booster,” he said, as the crowd booed. “My friends, I’ve been a coal booster and it’s going to create jobs, and we’re going to export coal to other countries and we are going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s going to help restore the economy of the great state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” source
The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama’s comments “unbelievable.” (SO MUCH TRAFFIC FROM DRUDGE CAN NOT ACCESS SITE) link for later availability, here
“His comments are unfortunate,” Chris Hamilton said Sunday, “and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally.”
Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.
“In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said ‘not here’ about building coal-fired power plants — this is exactly what will happen,” Hamilton said. “Financing won’t be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.
“If we’re going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here.”
Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s state director said Obama’s statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.
“I think this clearly shows the attitude the Obama-Biden ticket has toward coal,” Ben Beakes said Sunday. “Rhetoric is cheap, but behind closed doors what they tell their supporters – that’s what we have to take as gospel.
“They’re definitely not friends of coal.”
Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he’d like to tax “dirty energy” such as coal and natural gas.
“And their cohorts in Congress make similar statements,” Beakes said. “(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said this summer that ‘coal makes us sick.’
“This is an attitude and view that, to me, shows their hatred of coal. And therefore, their view would cost West Virginians thousands upon thousands of jobs.”
Beakes touted McCain’s view toward coal.
“John McCain has embraced coal,” Beakes said. “He doesn’t agree with everything in the coal industry, but his view of coal is positive. He will make it part of his energy policy. He’s met with leaders in the coal industry and let them know that. He’s sought advice from coal industry leaders.
“McCain understands that coal supports about 49 percent of our electricity in this country. He’ll continue to make coal important. He wants to reduce our foreign dependency on oil.”
Hamilton also said the Obama campaign needs to find varied sources for coal and energy advice.
“If they’re victorious Tuesday, they’d better go to someone other than Al Gore on energy and environmental matters,” he said. “They’ve tipped the balance way — unnecessarily so — toward protecting the environment.”