High stakes for coal country in presidential race
A look at potential impact on industry
- Duration 4:44
- Date Nov 2, 2012
A look at potential impact on industry
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Now we'll talk a lot about energy in this presidential race but what about -- specifically.
26 states have some kind of coal production here they are.
The biggest is Wyoming the second biggest -- Is West Virginia.
Now when it comes to battleground states there are four key coal producers in the -- of this election.
But the -- -- base at the heart of coal country this red circle right here eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
That is ground zero for this battle and a whole lot of votes.
We want to wake up that morning and know that I -- jobs are coming back to eastern Ohio.
The Romney campaign is betting -- country is fed up with the current administration.
Take a look at the latest Romney ad airing in Pennsylvania.
Somebody wants to know -- our -- can.
She's just literally bankrupt and problems and Pennsylvania.
It's energy plan is different and by the way I like -- Coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies.
I want to get America and North America energy independent so we can create those jobs and for -- The choice is -- The Obama campaign push back questions governor Romney's credibility on this issue.
The president on the stump.
What he was the governor started in front of a -- fire plan.
Instead this -- kills people.
And now he's running around.
Talking like he's mr.
-- the second debate the president says there shall we made the largest investment in clean coal technology to make sure.
That even as were producing more coal more producing a cleaner and smarter Cohen.
Climate was higher last year than when Obama took office -- coal production dropped three years ago and remains slower than when he became president.
The number of cold jobs in the US is half of what it was thirty years ago.
The administration blames low natural gas prices and an accelerating transition to natural gas power.
But critics like Republican -- James -- -- of Oklahoma.
C a presidents and in the EPA determined to shut the coal industry down.
The evidence of that is that the utilities are pissing their contract.
As a result of that they -- certainty.
So the president can say -- he wants about clean coal technology that he is doing personally responsible for killing -- With the specifically the utility -- that the maximum achievable control technology.
Just last week in -- sent a letter to the president blasting the administration for missing -- Wednesday deadline.
Failing to comply with the law requiring the release of its regulatory agenda every six months.
Mean -- says the president is hiding that agenda because of the election.
My charges he didn't it intentionally.
Delaying their reports that the law requires.
-- until after the election.
The EPA did not respond to repeated requests for comment on in -- charges neither did the White House and the Obama campaign also declined our offer.
For us to include a spokesman on this issue coal or energy in general.
-- Obama campaign ad running in coal country goes after Romney -- and the coal miners had an event.
Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney's rally was -- quote.
It ends with the line Mitt Romney is not one of office -- these coal miners in West Virginia.
-- so -- I'm 53 years old I've been known -- 31 years you have kids in.
It makes me angry while while the federal government won't eliminate all while adults at this time of the recession.
We're providing cheap electricity I think it's a pride thing with us -- -- very abruptly.
What were well provide electricity for the -- -- -- We have -- that the proud about that we're doing a good job.
I asked West Virginia State senator art Kirk -- -- a Democrat.
If he thought what the Obama administration was doing to the coal industry was really a quote war on coal.
-- a war.
A war is a fight to to go into any hopes of you may be killed -- jokes about.
Your co -- you just went to work somebody more than.
And your supervisor told you that don't go back to -- -- just killed.
But that's not a war.
Do you think there's a war on -- what do you think of this issue of and on Twitter you can follow me at Bret --