Last January, Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that he will bankrupt the coal industry. I guess that means, just say no to coal. Read about it below and see the video of his interview.

It looks like it might get really cold under an Obama Presidency. He’s told us that he will mandate how warm we can keep our houses in the winter and that he will impose strict fees for people who use too much electricity, gas, etc. He’ll make energy prices skyrocket. Now we find out that he has an ‘aggressive plan’ to bankrupt the coal industry. I wonder if he’ll let us cut down trees for firewood?

The visual of the entire U.S. coal mining industry being put out of work is pretty mind boggling.

You scoff at this? Its words from his own mouth. On January 17, 2008, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) he said that he would use aggressive measures to ensure that the coal mining industry stopped polluting.

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% 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.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It’s just that it will bankrupt them.

Right now, coal produces 49% of the United States electrical power. Barack Obama says in this interview that we need to ‘take coal off the table’. But he assures coal miners and unions that he’s on their side.

For reasons we can only imagine, the San Francisco Chronicles didn’t mention his diabolical plan for the coal industry in their article from this interview.

This interview was in San Francisco, the same place he talked about Pennsylvanians bitterly clinging to their Bibles and guns. Now he’s talking about destroying Pennsyvlania’s biggest industry. What does he have against Pennsylvania? Did Pennsylvanians offend him in another life?

Are you listening Pennsylvania? Are you hearing him Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Indiana? He’s planning on putting you out of business. Bet he won’t repeat those remarks in any of those states.

I think we all better learn how to field dress caribou so we make warm coats for the winter. Or better yet, lets all send Obama a lump of coal for Christmas.

Obama on Coal Industry – Video