Monday, November 3, 2008

Ohio Coal Association Says Obama Remarks Make It Clear: Obama Ticket Not Supportive of Coal

Dear Bloggers and Other Online & Offline Activists:

Exposing Barack Obama's comments about "bankrupt(ing)" the American coal industry could be absolutely critical in defeating this menace to the Constitution and the American economy. John McCain and Sarah Palin MUST win PA, OH, and VA -- all states dependent to a great degree on the coal industry.

Please distribute the attached message to voters, talk radio, and other media in VA, OH, and, especially, PA.

The race in all three states is very close. Please take this final step in ensuring a McCain victory. Keep this in mind: in 2004, John Kerry needed only 150,000 more votes in Ohio to win in the electoral college -- even though his opponent was winning the popular vote by THREE MILLION.

If McCain-Palin wins Ohio, PA, and VA, John McCain will be President-elect on Nov. 5. Thanks for all you've done to make that happen.

Steve Maloney
Ambridge, PA

Ohio Coal Association Says Obama Remarks Make It Clear: Obama Ticket Not Supportive of Coal

PRNewswire--USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association (OCA), today issued the following statement in response to just-released remarks from Senator Barack Obama about the nation's coal industry.

"Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it.

"These undisputed, audio-taped remarks, which include comments from Senator Obama like 'I haven't been some coal booster' and 'if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them' are extraordinarily misguided.

"It's evident that this campaign has been pandering in states like Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania to attempt to generate votes from coal supporters, while keeping his true agenda hidden from the state's voters.

"Senator Obama has revealed himself to be nothing more than a short- sighted, inexperienced politician willing to say anything to get a vote. But today, the nation's coal industry and those who support it have a better understanding of his true mission, to 'bankrupt' our industry, put tens of thousands out of work and cause unprecedented increases in electricity prices.

"In addition to providing an affordable, reliable source of low-cost electricity, domestic coal holds the key to our nation's long-term energy security - a goal that cannot be overlooked during this time of international instability and economic uncertainty.

"Few policy areas are more important to our economic future than energy issues. As voters head to the polls tomorrow, it is essential they remember that access to reliable, affordable, domestic energy supplies is essential to economic growth and stability."

The Ohio Coal Association (OCA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Ohio's underground and surface coal mining producers. The OCA represents nearly 40 coal producing companies and more than 50 Associate Members, which include suppliers and consultants to the mining industry, coal sales agents and brokers and allied industries. The Ohio Coal Association is committed to advancing the development and utilization of Ohio coal as an abundant, economic and environmentally sound energy source.

SOURCE Ohio Coal Association
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