Mike - just kidding about the "coil" thang. I knew you meant to type "coal."
This is a prime example of why relying on FauxNews for "news" is a shitty idea. AND, why the increasingly desperate (and overwhelmingly pathetic) McCain campaign is trying to create an 11th hour "issue" out of this.
The "suppressed" audio tape that has the rightwingers atwitter was posted on the SF Chronicle website 10 months ago. They were just too lazy/stupid to find it. In it, Obama is discussing his support for a "cap and trade" system to deal with greenhouse gases, a position SHARED by McCain.
Despite the fact that both candidates support clean coal technology, the McCain campaign tried to make the case that Barack Obama wanted to take away jobs from coal country in Ohio and Pennsylvania. BUT, just three years ago on the floor of the United States Senate, John McCain's Republican colleague George Voinovich of Ohio took to the floor to argue against a proposal by McCain to curb greenhouse gas emissions. McCain's proposal, Voinovich said, would "put coal out of business" and cost thousands of jobs, an argument that McCain did not contest. Here's part of his comments on the floor of the Senate:
Does it involve some sacrifice on the part of the American people? Yes. ... This amendment [the McCain amendment], I am sure, will be attacked--thousands of jobs will be lost, we will find some obscure scientist, some will talk about the dangers of encouraging the use of nuclear power. The fact is, we are going to win on this issue. The reason we are going to win is because every single month there is another manifestation of the terrible effects of what climate change is doing to our Earth.
So, you see, McCain/Palin are attacking Obama for a position they hold THEMSELVES. Welcome to the bizarre world of electoral politics, and the increasingly laughable state of McCain's desperate lunge into political obscurity and irrelevance.
"Clean coal" technology is something BOTH candidates support, along with "cap and trade."