17 May '12, 11am

Big Coal’s new anti-Obama ad reeks of desperation, by @drgrist

The U.S. coal industry is flailing . Utilities are stampeding from coal to natural gas and coal mining companies are seeing their stock prices plunge. The industry is responding the way it always has to threat: blaming government regulation and pouring money into influence peddling. Judging from their latest efforts, however, they have very little to work with. The latest flail is to try to make a big deal out of the fact that the Obama administration recently added a bit on “clean coal” to its “all of the above” energy page . It’s Energywebpagegate! Or something. From such thin threads is America’s Power attempting to weave an attack: This aims for pathos but reaches only as far as pathetic. Even putting aside the absurdity of trying to make a website update into matter of Great Significance, the attack rests on a crude bait-and-switch that only the most gullible Tea Part...

Full article: http://grist.org/coal/big-coals-new-anti-obama-ads-reek-o...

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