The story was started by the McCain campaign before the election. Here is the quote on which the story is based: "if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them" Here what the McCain campaign left out of Sen. Obama’s actual words: "But this notion of no coal, I think, is an illusion. Because the fact of the matter is, is that right now we are getting a lot of our energy from coal. And China is building a coal-powered plant once a week. So what we have to do then is figure out how can we use coal without emitting greenhouse gases and carbon. And how can we sequester that carbon and capture it.'