The Ohio Coal Association, in response to revelations about Barack Obama's extremely hostile position towards coal-fired power plants, issued a statement Monday claiming, "the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it."
With only hours remaining before polls open, and this issue having a huge potential impact on battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, it's going to be very interesting to see how much press this gets.
Here is the complete release:
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.
Given the importance of coal to this nation, one would think this statement would get a lot of attention. Or, will the Obama-loving media bury until Wednesday?