The West Virginia Record is reporting that the senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama's comments "unbelievable."
"His comments are unfortunate," Chris Hamilton said Sunday to the Record, "and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally."
Hamilton pointed out in his interview that both Obama and his running mate, 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.
Sarah Palin was pretty fired-up over the newly unearthed Obama comments, saying to a crowd at Marietta College that her ticket would not let that happen to the coal industry.
“Instead, we’ll make clean coal a reality and to help power the American economy with clean coal technology, we’re going to be looking to the hard-working people of Ohio and West Virginia and Pennsylvania.”
With a wink and a nice smile she said “You betcha. Drill baby drill, and mine baby mine
I do clearly see a need for someone like Barack Obama, with his intelligence, diplomacy skills, his willingness to deal with adversaries not as demons but as thoughtful people who think differently than he does, for all these reasons, I think he will make a successful president if the nation gives him a chance.
You are probably correct about most of the above. I have said that I like Obama from a personality point of view.
In my opinion, this election has become a referendum on Obama. In other words, Obama is the man of the hour and the American people are being asked to accept him or reject him. The election is not really about McCain. The problem is that Obama, in many people's view, is not what he tries to appear to be. To put it bluntly, he comes with too much baggage for the American people.
This is made clear when you look at my list of about 25 points that an undecided voter might want to think about before voting for Obama. It is not that an one point on that list would be a show stopper by itself (well, maybe one or two). It is that, taken as a whole, they paint a picture of a man with the policies, background, values, and associations that might not be acceptable to the American people.
I'll try to publish my full list before the end of the day just for the record.
I have many Republican friends, and they say practically NOTHING about their candidate, all they can say is bitter, personal attacks on Barack, much of it fabrication or rumor. They sound desperate and angry, and that's no good reason to support a candidate.
It is not that John McCain is so great. Many of us disagree with him on some major issues. But he is the alternate candidate to Barack Obama, so he will get the vote of many, many Americans.
As you said about Obama, I think McCain would end up being a very good president if given the chance. Lets give him his wish and send him on one more mission.
Better watch what you allude to! I may stop by St. Louis one of these days and have that dinner with you that we have discussed in the past, but never got around to. It would be my pleasure.
Cheers, Joe, and have a great day.
Off to the polls now.
"I do clearly see a need for someone like Barack Obama, with his intelligence, diplomacy skills, his willingness to deal with adversaries not as demons but as thoughtful people who think differently than he does,"
The guy is a friggen idiot and a coward. It's a toss up who is more fkd in the head. You or obama. After reading your post i'm betting its you. What are you looking to get for free, fool!
Osama and Biden are idiots. They think they can power America with a bunch of windmills.
Coal makes 50% of America's electricity, nukes make another 20% and they want to put them out of business.
Osama and Biden are fools.
It will be a sad day for all if obomba gets elected. This is especially true of the coal industry and electric industry. He is a far left socialist with a hidden agenda. Just listen to the tapes of his racist preacher he listened to for years and you will begin to figure out his agenda.