January 2008 Audio: Obama Promises Cap-And-Trade Will Bankrupt New Coal Plants (and SF Chron’s Coverup)
Here is a mini-slide show for the video-challenged (click here or on graphic for a larger pic in a separate window; moving left to right, the third, fourth, and sixth slides represent things Barack Obama actually said in January 17, 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle):
Here’s the YouTube from New Emperor:
Here’s a partial transcript compiled by PJ Gladnick at Newsbusters:
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.
(rest of transcript — added Nov. 4, obtained from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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 (sic) ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.
Do I really need to elaborate on the mindlessness, the arrogance, and the whiff of authoritarianism that is present? The final excerpted sentence sounds on the audio like a barely concealed brag.
In connection with its interview (the one from which the audio almost certainly came), the Chronicle published almost 2,500 words on January 18 (link is to ProQuest Library file saved at my web host for fair use and discussion purposes). 1,300 went to its primary article, and roughly 1,200 went to an “In His Own Words” segment. None of the verbiage in the audio is in the Chronicle’s coverage. Lots of other verbiage that is much less newsworthy is.
What’s more, during the energy debates of July and August, when, among other things, Harry Reid was telling us that “coal is making us sick,” reporters Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli, who wrote the January 17 items, “somehow” forgot Obama’s aggressive anti-fossil fuels statements in the January interview. Real journalists would have remembered –and reported.