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Monday, November 3, 2008

Seems to be a disconnect

These two quotes speak volumes about devotion to a candidate in spite of that candidate's words.
“You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. ... 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 percent 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." — Barack Obama in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle
"Obama can lead us through troubled times." — Casper Star-Tribune newspaper, in an editorial endorsing Obama that appeared Nov. 3.
Leading us through troubled times includes bankrupting the industry that uses Wyoming coal? Feels like there's a disconnect.


Anonymous Shari O said...

The disconnect may partly be due to time (and our notoriously short attention spans). Obama made those statements in January - I do find it interesting that there was never more made of those statements at the time, particularly in places like here, WV, and PA. (FYI - Obama's comments were immediately published and never hidden as Sarah Palin suggests)Of course, since January, Obama has done the politician thing and backpedalled significantly. I guess the Casper Star Tribune has decided he's sincere or that the threat of bankcruptsy is a valid motivator for the research and development of clean coal technology, something Obama said, in the same interview, should certainly be pursued.
Regardless, it's a worrisome issue.

November 3, 2008 at 2:23 PM  

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