Once it was a crime to offend the king — lese majeste. While we don’t imprison, fine, or execute anyone for it these days, it can still cost you in other ways. In Barack Obama’s case, offending King Coal may cost him the election:
Ignore for a moment the idiocy of threatening the source of nearly half of the nation’s electrical power. Promising to bankrupt investors in coal plants should go over really well in states where coal production is important. As this 2000 map of coal producing states shows, Obama in that January interview threatened the livelihoods of thousands of voters in battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Not just in mining, itself, but also in all the industries that rely on mining: power generation, transportation, equipment manufacturing, and retail businesses that depend on the money spent by coal-mining families.
Do you think voters there will be hearing about this from Team McCain over the next 48 hours?
(hat tip: Ed Morrissey)
LINKS: Gateway Pundit, who also reminds us of Obama’s position on nuclear power. Fausta’s blog, at which we get a replay of Joe Biden famous anti-coal gaffe. Blue Crab Boulevard and Sister Toldjah.
UPDATE: And, after the Prophet Barack (Hope! Change! Waffles!) bankrupts the coal industry, he promises to bankrupt us, too, by making energy prices go through the roof! Yay!
Here’s a quote:
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. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
I can’t wait to see California’s rolling blackouts of 2002-2003 taken nationwide!
(via Ed Morrissey)