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Recent comments have been attributed to Senator Obama regarding the implementation of a cap and trade system for carbon dioxide emissions, that could "bankrupt" the coal industry or those who plan to build coal-fueled generation plants.
As a non-partisan organization, the American Coal Council does not take positions on the outcome of the election. Nor do we lobby for the implementation of specific policies or legislation.
It is extremely important, however, for both candidates to recognize the value and stability that the coal industry provides for our economy. "Bankrupting" the source of half of our electrical power would have profound negative economic, social, and environmental impacts.
Coal currently provides half of our domestic electricity supply. It does so at rates well below most other competing energy sources. "Bankrupting" one of our nation’s most abundant and affordable, energy resources would cause rapid increases in energy costs for main street and our nation’s businesses. Additionally, tens of thousands of jobs would be lost in our mining, utility, and related service industries.
The ACC believes that this issue points to the continuing need to educate policy makers on the pivitol role that coal plays in our economy.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy has released their latest radio ad that discusses the concerns and interests of American voters.
You can see their other ads on the ACCCE website.
According to this Wonk Room (Think Progress) blog posting, Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, stated — at a September 17, 2008 campaign stop — that the Obama campaign was "not supporting clean coal."
That comment came when Biden answered a question from an environmental activist in the crowd about energy options for the country. In response, he clearly stated his strong support of renewable energy technologies like solar and wind and then moved on to attack coal as "dirty" and claimed it was "causing people to die." He made it abundantly clear that he was "not supporting clean coal."
As part of his campaign platform, Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain is calling for a variety of measures aimed at increasing domestic energy production and reducing American dependence on foreign energy resources.
Alongside of his calls for ending the federal moratorium on drilling for offshore oil reserves and expanding the royalty sharing agreements with states, McCain is also calling for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. McCain further proposed to provide $2 billion per year in funding to aid in the development of clean coal technologies.
Energy advisors for the three presidential candidates spoke at a May 23rd energy forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. During the forum, they related their candidate’s plans for energy development and environmental protection.
A well known environmental website — Grist.org — has an interview with third party presidential candidate
Ralph Nader. In this interview, Nader discusses his views on coal and energy.
The Wall Street Journal – Environmental Capital blog has two blog posts on the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries front runners and their positions on energy and climate change.
You can read the post on Democrat, Barack Obama here.
Is Sen. Barack Obama’s climate policy about to collide with his electoral strategy?
Watch Ohio. The bellwether state holds its primary March 4, and has become a crucial battleground after Sen. Obama’s Potomac sweep. It’s also quintessential coal country, and not likely to cotton to the Illinois senator’s increasingly strident calls for quick and drastic action on climate change.
You can read the post on Republican, John McCain here.
The latest broadside in the ‘greener than thou’ skirmish among
presidential candidates saw Sen. Barack Obama ripping Sen. John McCain
for his climate-change proposals.
“I know that my climate change plan is stronger than John McCain’s,” he told Reuters last Friday.
As if immigration, Gitmo, and taxes weren’t enough, Sen. McCain’s stance on global warming as further distanced him from
the Republican base. Now, as energy policy and climate change appear to
be coming out of primary-season hibernation, his stance on how to
tackle global warming is also giving ammunition to Democrats.
The Institute for 21st Century Energy (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) has developed and published position matrices that detail the policy suggestions and positions of the leading candidates in the 2008 Presidential Election.
You can download the papers from the Institute’s website and read through them to learn more about how each candidate plans to deal with the reality of growing energy demands, increasing prices, limited supplies, geopolitical instability, and increasingly strict environmental regulations.
The energy position matrix for Republican candidates is available here.
The energy position matrix for Democrat candidates is available here.
In a January 11, 2008 article in the Financial Post, Terence Corcoran describes how the political world is being turned on its head as presidential candidates struggle to distance themselves from each other and attach themselves to the populist wind that is blowing throw the presidential primaries.
Hillary Clinton October, 20 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa (3:53 min)
Rudy Giuliani, October 17, Drake University, Iowa (7:25 min)
Note these are speeches given by politicians on the campaign trail. You will hear partisan political points interspersed with the discussion on coal.
The folks at Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC) have also provided updates on the other presidential candidate’s positions on clean coal and coal use. Go to their October ’07 newsletter and scroll down to the Clean Coal and the Presidential Campaign—Where the Candidates Stand section.