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Clinton Can't Be Trusted On Coal

- May 2, 2016

As Clinton Heads To Coal Country, She'll Attempt To Whitewash Her Hostile Policies She Admits Are Intended To Bankrupt The Industry

Today, Clinton Will Campaign In Ashland, Kentucky And Williamson, West Virginia, "A Region That Has Been Economically Depressed By The Decline Of The Coal Industry." "The 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates will be campaigning in the Bluegrass this week ahead of the May 17th Kentucky primary. Hillary Clinton's campaign office announced that she will be in Ashland, Kentucky and Williamson, West Virginia Monday. Clinton is targeting a region that has been economically depressed by the decline of the coal industry." ("Hillary Clinton To Campaign In Kentucky Monday," WKYT, 5/2/16)

CLINTON'S 2016 CAMPAIGN HAS EMBRACED OBAMA'S ANTI-COAL POLICIES AND PROMISES TO GO FURTHER

At A March Democrat Town Hall, Clinton Said "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At CNN Democrat Town Hall, 3/13/16)

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Clinton Has Vowed To Defend And "Build On" Obama's Anti-Coal "Clean Power Plan" If Elected President, Calling It A "Significant Step Forward." "Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Sunday that if elected she will build on a new White House clean energy program and defend it against those she called 'Republican doubters and defeatists.' Clinton was the first 2016 candidate to respond to the ambitious plan that President Obama will debut on Monday. Details of the program, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas pollution, were released over the weekend. The new regulation will require every state to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. In a statement Sunday, Clinton called the plan 'a significant step forward in meeting the urgent threat of climate change.'" (Anne Gearan, "Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President," The Washington Post , 8/2/15)

  • "Clinton Called Obama's Plan 'The Floor, Not The Ceiling,' And Said She Would Go Further." (Anne Gearan, "Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President," The Washington Post , 8/2/15)

During A November 2015 "Environmentalists For Hillary" Event, Clinton Said "We Have To Move Away From Coal. Everybody Understands That, There Is No Doubt About It." CLINTON: "I also want to say a special word about coal. We have to move away from coal. Everybody understands that. There's no doubt about it." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Environmentalists For Hillary Event, Nashua, NH, 11/9/15)

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Clinton Endorsed Obama's 2016 Moratorium On New Coal Leases On Federal Lands

In January 2016, Obama Put In Place A Moratorium On All New Leases For Coal Development On Public Lands, A "Blow To The Beleaguered Coal Industry." "The Interior Department said Friday it is halting most new leases for coal mining on federal lands and launching a review that could result in higher costs on coal companies and greater scrutiny of carbon emissions. The action, President Barack Obama's latest move to address climate change, is another blow to the beleaguered coal industry. Coal production on federal lands accounts for about 40% of all U.S. coal production." (Amy Harder and John Miller, "Obama Halts Most New Coal-Mining Leases On Public Lands," The Wall Street Journal, 1/15/16)

Clinton Embraced Obama's Coal Moratorium, With Her Spokesman Promising She Would "See [It] Through To Conclusion As President." "In response to Obama's announcement, Clinton spokesperson Ian Sams emailed, 'Hillary Clinton supports President Obama's efforts to ensure our energy priorities align with our imperative to combat climate change, including today's announced review which she would see through to conclusion as president.'" (Rebecca Leber, "How Obama Inserted The 'War On Coal' Into the 2016 Primary," New Republic, 1/17/16)

Clinton Said She Is "Really Proud" Of Obama's Anti-Coal EPA Regulations

In June 2014, Clinton Said She Was "Really Proud Of President Obama" For Issuing New EPA Carbon Regulations On Coal-Fired Power Plants." CLINTON: "I am really proud of President Obama for these new EPA regulations and for the strong stance he has taken on climate change at home." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago, IL, 6/11/14)

Clinton Went On To Say Obama's Use Of Executive Authority To Heavily Regulate Coal-Fired Power Plants Was "A Good Start." CLINTON: "So here I think that we have to do what the President - President Obama is doing now. Within his executive authority, he has to take steps, as he recently did on the regulations for coal-fired plants. Recognizing that states are at different stages of development so that if you're starting at a low base where you haven't done very much to clean up the air, to deal with old plants, to come in with an alternative suite of energy products, then you've got to do more - but you're given more time to do than if you're a state like California or Massachusetts that have been real leaders - then your burden is different. So I think that if you look at the plan, it is a good start in dealing with one continuing source of greenhouse gas emissions." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The BIO International Conference, 6/25/14)

COAL COUNTRY HAS HARSHLY CRITICIZED CLINTON'S ANTI-COAL STANCE

The Clinton Campaign's Coal Plan Has Not Been Warmly Received By Coal Country

In November 2015, Clinton Released A "Coal Communities" Plan Specifically Aimed At Countering The Harm Done By The Obama Administration's Anti-Coal Policies In Key 2016 States. "The plan, which is similar to proposals from Obama, is meant to help coal-dependent communities navigate the transition toward economies based on cleaner energy sources - something that could have an impact in key 2016 states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado. But industry supporters said it hardly makes up for Clinton's championing of Obama climate and environmental policies that have helped spur the closings of dozens of coal plants across the country." (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

Politico Headline: "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold" (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

Clinton's Coal Plan "Drew A Mixed-To-Hostile Response" From Critics And Raised Doubts "Whether She Can Arrest The Democratic Party's Electoral Slide In Coal Country." "Hillary Clinton's proposal for $30 billion in aid for people suffering from the decline of the coal industry drew a mixed-to-hostile response Thursday from critics of President Barack Obama's environmental policies - raising doubts about whether she can arrest the Democratic Party's electoral slide in coal country." (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial: Clinton's Plan: "First Put Miners Out Of Work. Then Put Them On The Taxpayer Dime." "Hillary Clinton has promised to continue the Obama Administration's carbon cleanse of the U.S. economy, which is proving to be politically toxic in coal country. So this week she rolled out a plan for government to rescue the coal miners who the government has put out of work." (Editorial, "Clinton's Coal Reparations," The Wall Street Journal, 11/13/15)

Mine Workers Have Rejected A Key Plank Of Clinton's Coal Plan, Saying They Want Fair Regulation, Not "New Jobs That Pay Half Of Our Current Salaries." "Clinton's proposals includes money for retraining coal miners to work in other industries. But the other jobs those miners might be able to get in their communities typically pay far less, said Abby Foster, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, an industry group. The group's members have generally opposed retraining programs like that, she added. 'We do not want federal money to fund training for new jobs that pay half of our current salaries,' John Stilley, the president of Amerikohl Mining in Butler, Pa., testified at a state government hearing last month. 'We want fair regulations so investors will continue to fund research and development.'" (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

Democrats And Editorial Boards Have Called Clinton's Anti-Coal Stance "Horrific," "Startling," And "Reaffirmed What Coal Industry Supporters Fear About Clinton"

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Was "Livid" After Hearing Of Clinton's "Horrific" Coal Comments At The March Town Hall, And "Was So Appalled He Was Prepared To Cut Political Ties" With Clinton. "Joe Manchin was livid. The Democratic senator from West Virginia had seen Hillary Clinton tell a televised town hall audience that if she became president, 'we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,' in a broader answer about creating jobs in areas hurt by the decline of the coal industry. Coal miners have been struggling in his home state and Mr. Manchin was so appalled he was prepared to cut political ties with the Democratic presidential front-runner. 'It was horrific,' he said in an interview Thursday." (Peter Nicholas, "West Virginia's Joe Manchin Shaken By Hillary Clinton's 'Horrific' Coal Comment," The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire , 3/25/16)

  • In A Phone Call With Clinton, Manchin Said If She Meant What She Said, "We Can Just Part Ways," And Suggested That Maybe She Was Writing Off West Virginia As Part Of Her Campaign. "'I called her,' the senator said. 'I said, 'My God.' 'If she really meant those words, he says he told her, 'we can just part ways' - remaining on friendly terms but acknowledging a profound difference over an industry that has been a mainstay of the West Virginia economy. 'I said, 'Hillary, listen. You probably don't need West Virginia. Maybe you don't even think you can win it and don't need to win it. I really don't know how your team is evaluating our state.''" (Peter Nicholas, "West Virginia's Joe Manchin Shaken By Hillary Clinton's 'Horrific' Coal Comment," The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire , 3/25/16)

West Virginia Political Commentator Hoppy Kercheval: Clinton's Comments "Reaffirm What Coal Industry Supporters Fear About Clinton," That She Will Continue Obama's Policies That "Make It Impossible To Mine And Burn Coal." "The comment reaffirmed what coal industry supporters fear about Clinton, that she will continue down the path set forth by the Obama administration of using executive authority to make it impossible to mine and burn coal." (Hoppy Kercheval, "Clinton's Kinnsley Gaffe," West Virginia MetroNews, 3/17/16)

Kentucky Democrat Secretary Of State And Clinton Friend Alison Lundergan Grimes Said She Was "Very Disappointed" In Clinton's Anti-Coal Comments. " 'I was very disappointed to hear the comments that came out of the debate,' said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state and a close friend of the Clinton family who received their endorsement during her unsuccessful challenge to [Senator Mitch] McConnell in 2014. 'My hope is she'll have a chance to clarify those comments, comments that as I said were completely out of line with personal conversations that I have had with her.'" (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)

The [Huntington, West Virginia] Herald-Dispatch Editorial: Clinton's Remarks On Coal Are "Startling." "Can you imagine a presidential candidate telling a Detroit crowd, 'We are going to put a lot of auto workers out of work'? How about stumping in Indiana and touting the need to shut down family farms? So, Hillary Clinton's comments about putting 'coal miners out of business' during a TV town hall meeting in Ohio last Sunday night were certainly startling. They also provide a 'sound bite' that will surely hurt her in states struggling to keep their coal industries alive." (Editorial, "Coal-Country Issues Are Often Overlooked," The [Huntington, West Virginia] Herald-Dispatch , 3/19/16)

  • The [Huntington, West Virginia] Herald-Dispatch Editorial: Clinton's Stance On Coal "Is A Tough Position To Accept" For Coal Country. "But they also show that Clinton firmly believes coal must play a much smaller role - or perhaps no role - in the nation's energy future. For coal-producing regions, that is a tough position to accept, and it should be for the nation as well." (Editorial, "Coal-Country Issues Are Often Overlooked," The [Huntington, West Virginia] Herald-Dispatch , 3/19/16)

The [Clarksburg, West Virginia] Exponent Telegram Editorial: Clinton's Coal Comments Have "Reaffirmed What Coal Industry Supporters Fear About Clinton." "The comment reaffirmed what coal industry supporters fear about Clinton - that she will continue with the 'green' renewable energy policies of the Obama administration at the expense of coal miners, coal communities and the economy of West Virginia." (Editorial, "Hillary Clinton Needs To Come Clean On Her True Energy Policy," The [Clarksburg, West Virginia] Exponent Telegram , 3/20/16)

  • The [Clarksburg, West Virginia] Exponent Telegram Editorial: "The Red Flag Is Up On Clinton's Position On Coal." "The West Virginia economy and the state budget have suffered enough. We cannot afford another president who says one thing and does something completely different when it comes to national energy policy." (Editorial, "Hillary Clinton Needs To Come Clean On Her True Energy Policy," The [Clarksburg, West Virginia] Exponent Telegram , 3/20/16)

[Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News Editorial: Clinton's Comments "Indicate She Is A Carbon Copy of Obama When It Comes To Coal." "So, Clinton wants to put coal miners and coal companies out of business. These words from the Democratic hopeful indicate she is a carbon copy of Obama when it comes to coal. If Clinton had it her way, along with her long list of anti-coal donors and friends, coal would become extinct. That's not an opinion, it's a fact right out of the candidate's mouth." (Editorial, "Clinton's Remarks On Coal Dangerous," [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News , 3/17/16)

  • [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News Editorial: "Democratic Candidates In Coal-Producing States Are Now Running Away From Clinton, For Good Reason ." (Editorial, "Clinton's Remarks On Coal Dangerous," [Bowling Green, Kentucky] Daily News , 3/17/16)

The West Virginia Coal Association Called Clinton's Plan "A Lot Of Fluff Without Substance," And Blamed Her And Democrats For Turning Their Backs On Coal. "Anger over Mr. Obama's environmental policies has led many West Virginians to turn their backs on the national Democratic party. Chris Hamilton of the West Virginia Coal Association, an industry group, had little good to say about the Clinton plan. 'It sounds like a lot of fluff without substance. Moreover it's insulting,' he said. 'This is a classic case where someone runs you over then comes over to pick you up.'" (Barney Jopson and Courtney Weaver, "Hillary Clinton Pledges $30bn To Aid Coal Country, The Financial Times, 11/12/15)

Two Out Of The Three Democrats In West Virginia's Gubernatorial Primary Have Distanced Themselves From Clinton Over Her Anti-Coal Stance. "In West Virginia, where Democrats are trying to hang to the governor's mansion after losing the state legislature following the 2014 elections, two of the three Democratic candidates criticized Clinton's comments. Booth Goodwin, the former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, said he 'absolutely disagreed' with Clinton. And Democrat Jim Justice, an Appalachian coal magnate, declared: 'I will not support anyone who does not support coal.'" (Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise, "Facing Backlash, Clinton Says Coal Still Has A Future," The Associated Press ¸ 3/14/16)

Bill Bissett, President Of The Kentucky Coal Association, Said That Clinton's Comments "Were Insulting To Coal Miners Everywhere." "After reviewing the comments of Hillary Clinton, it is clear to me that anyone who believes in the production and use of coal in this country should have nothing to do with Clinton's campaign to lead this nation. At a time when nearly every coalfield in this country is suffering from the second term of President Barack Obama, Clinton's remarks are insulting to coal miners everywhere." (Nathan Lyttle, "Coal Supporters Respond To Clinton's Statement About Putting Coal Miners Out Of Work," WYMT, 3/14/16)

IN 2008, CLINTON RAN AS "A CHAMPION" OF COAL, AN INDUSTRY SHE HAS NOW TURNED HER BACK ON

In 2008, "Clinton Ran As A Champion Of Coal," Saying "We're Going To Use Coal, There's No Doubt About It." "Eight years ago, Clinton ran as a champion of coal beating then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries with support from working class white Democrats. 'But we're going to use coal, there's no doubt about it,' said Clinton at a 2008 campaign event in Indiana." (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Releases Plan To Help Coal Country Adapt To Climate," The Associated Press , 11/12/15)

A "Pro-Coal" Democrat In 2008, Clinton's Campaign Rhetoric Has Changed As She Now Talks About The Coal Industry "In The Past Tense." "In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign speeches and policy announcements shows that the great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about the coal industry in the past tense." (Valerie Volcovici And Amanda Becker, "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter," Reuters, 8/10/15)

  • Reuters Headline: "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter" (Valerie Volcovici And Amanda Becker, "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter," Reuters, 8/10/15)

In 2006, Clinton Said "Coal Is To Us What Oil Is To Saudi Arabia, And Part Of Our Domestic Strategy Must Involve Coal." CLINTON: "But we have to deal with coal because we have huge resources of coal. Coal is to us what oil is to Saudi Arabia, and part of our domestic strategy must involve coal. But unless we learn to burn it cleanly, the price of independence from imported oil by using coal will be accelerated global warming. Even if the United States never burned another lump of coal, China is bringing online a 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant every 10 days. So if we're going to reassert our leadership on climate change, which I think we should, we've got to deal with coal." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At National Press Club Newsmaker Breakfast, Washington, D.C., 5/23/06)

Clinton Has Abandoned Coal Miners To Court Left-Wing Environmentalists

Clinton's Anti-Coal Rhetoric Is A Part Of Her Efforts To Court The Democratic Party's "Liberal Green Wing" With "Aggressive Policies." "The plan comes as Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, her top challenger in the Democratic presidential primary, have both vied to win the support of the party's liberal green wing with aggressive policies to confront climate change. And they acknowledge that doing so will require dramatic cuts in coal consumption of coal." (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

Clinton's Changed Stance On Coal Is Just One Of Her Many Leftward Shifts On The Environment. "Her rhetoric has shifted now. In recent months, Clinton has tackled left on environmental issues, pledging to make combatting climate change a major goal of her presidency and opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which was rejected by the Obama administration on Friday. She's also promised to 'build on' President Barack Obama's plan mandating greenhouse gas reductions from power plants, a sweeping new environmental regulation that may result in the closure of hundreds of coal-fired plants and freeze construction of new coal plants." (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Releases Plan To Help Coal Country Adapt To Climate," The Associated Press , 11/12/15)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Said Green Activists Are Pushing Clinton "Further Left Than Where She's Comfortable." " At an oil industry symposium Wednesday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin paraphrased a favorite quote of former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer - that 'unless you're naked, sitting in a tree, eating nuts, you're using energy. And I think Bernie might be naked, sitting in a tree, eating nuts.' As for Clinton, Manchin said, greens have 'tried to push her further left than where she's comfortable.'" (Elana Schor, "Clinton-Sanders Fracking Fracas Heats Up," Politico, 4/14/16)


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