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Biden: “We’re Not Supporting Clean Coal”

From the gaffe machine formerly known as Joseph Robinette Biden:

Questioner: “Wind and solar are flourishing here in Ohio. Why are you supporting clean coal?”

Joe Biden: “We’re not supporting clean coal. Guess what? China is building two every week. Two dirty coal plants. And it is polluting the United States. It is causing people to die.

Questioner: “So you are supporting wind and solar?”

Joe Biden: “Absolutely. Before anybody did. The first guy to introduce a global warming bill was me — twenty two years ago. The first guy to support solar energy was me — twenty six years ago. It came out of Delaware.

But guess what China is gonna burn three hundred years of bad coal, unless we figure out how to clean their coal up. Because it’s gonna ruin your lungs, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they’re going to build them, over there [in China]. Make them clean because they’re killing us.”

Oddly enough this differs from the previous statements and even ads from the Obama campaign:

Obama: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”

Coal worker: “Barack originates from Chicago. But he came to southern Illinois and he seen the devastation and the loss of the jobs in the coal industry. Washington, DC is not listening to us. Barack understands.”

Graphic: “The Obama Record: $200 million for clean coal.”

Announcer: “In Illinois and in the USA Barack Obama helped lead the fight for clean coal. To protect our environment and to save good paying American jobs.”

Coal worker: “He’s figured it out. It takes trust in each other to get the job done.”

Of course that was way back when Mr. Obama was still running in primaries in coal states.

But man does Biden have the gift of gaffe or what?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Biden: “We’re Not Supporting Clean Coal””

  1. crosspatch says:

    So basically the line is something like “We support people switching to electric cars, but we aren’t going to build the generating capacity required to charge them unless it comes from a windmill. So if you don’t get any wind for a few days, you have to call in “stranded”.” Yeah, right, like that is going to fly with *my* boss. I have to work on calm, cloudy days as well as sunny, windy days.

    And don’t tell me to take public transport either (the “let them eat cake” option) as it would literally take 50% of my work day just to get back and forth to work. Walk to a bus stop, catch the bus part of the way, wait for the second bus to take me to the train station, wait for the train, wait for the shuttle to the office, take the shuttle to the office …. 2 hours minimum. Then do the 2 hours in reverse and since I am a single parent and need to pick the kids up by 6, it means I would need to leave work by 3:30 to reliably get to them by 6. And if the trains are running late (happens about once or twice a month) then I am SOL and have to pay $10 every 15 minutes I am late getting to them. All because the Democrats won’t build clean coal or nuclear.

    Jackasses, indeed!

  2. Grassy Knoll says:

    I have an idea for the Obama campaign. Perhaps he and Joe Biden could get together sometime just to talk policies and stuff. I wonder how this is going to play in the MSM? Just kidding. This won’t see the light of day.

  3. bitterclinger says:

    First it’s CO2 and mercury, now its presumably soot: “It is causing people to die. “;
    “…it’s gonna ruin your lungs, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

    Old Joe is pretty sure he’s supposed to say something bad about coal, but he can’t really remember what it is right now.

  4. Grassy Knoll says:

    Obviously the left hand does not know what the other left hand is doing.

  5. crosspatch says:

    “…it’s gonna ruin your lungs, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

    Here is an effort I would get behind and support money for:

    Coal seam fires in the US, China, India, and Indonesia account for as much emissions as all the cars in the world combined. Rather than spending billions of dollars in CO2 mitigation, just put out the damned fires! Right now it costs more to put out the fires than the coal is worth so it is cheaper to let it burn. But if looked at in terms of how much CO2 emissions are planned to cost with various regulations, it might just be cheaper to put out the fires. Many countries of the world could pool money, resources, and manpower together to get those fires put out and it would provide jobs, eliminate the second largest source of CO2 and mercury emissions on the planet, and save coal resources for future generations. We would probably develop some good technology and procedures in fighting those kinds of fires, too.

  6. wardmama4 says:

    I’m betting that the October surprize will be Obama dumping Biden – I still hold that Gore wants to step forward and ‘save’ the Party. But on who replaces Biden, waits to be seen.

  7. alectos says:

    “We’re not supporting clean coal. Guess what? China is building two every week. Two dirty coal plants. And it is polluting the United States. It is causing people to die.”

    I’m slightly confused as to what “dirty coal” plants in China have to do with “clean coal” plants we want in the United States…

  8. Exeter says:

    Things must be hell over at Obama HQ! I’m sure the Anointed One has considered more than once the prospect of dropping Biden – but for whom? The only Dem who could possibly save his ass is Hillary, and she’s not touching it.

  9. mrfocus says:

    Is Joey Biden O!’s tarbaby? I denounce myself.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Does this act remind you of another duo?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MftOi31iCyw

  11. Consilience says:

    It makes me happy every time Joe Biden opens his mouth—-he’s the lighter-side of the race. I mean, hell, the guys a notorious plagiarist—and makes W look absolutely articulate!! That Obama guy’s first “presidential” decision was GENIUS!!!!

  12. JohnMG says:

    Reality Bytes; …..”Does this act remind you of another duo?…..”

    Let me guess. Uh….two-thirds of the Three Stooges?

    After all the noise about how McCain didn’t vet Palin, what do you suppose this says about BO’s pick? (Hint: “Just get me anybody….this one’s in the bag.”)

  13. Exeter says:

    Consilience: “hell, the guys a notorious plagiarist…”

    I’m looking forward to how he opens the VP Debate: “Four-score and seven…er…walk softly and carry a…hmm…we have nothing to fear but…uh…ask not what you can…well…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down…um…watch my li-…ah…we will bury you!”

  14. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    “But man does Biden have the gift of gaffe or what?”

    I have the dubious honor of Senator Biden’s representation. People in this state freakin’ love the guy. I hope all these gaffes wake them up to the realization that they are voting in a knucklehead every 6 years.

  15. Kilmeny says:

    Every morning is like Christmas, when there’s a fresh new Bidenism to gawk and giggle at. Seriously, hasn’t Obama ever heard this guy in full flow before he picked him as his V.P.?

  16. crosspatch says:

    “People in this state freakin’ love the guy.”

    That is true but a lot of that comes from way back when he defeated Caleb Boggs back in the 1970’s and shortly after his wife and kids were killed in a very tragic car accident. Many in the state have had a soft spot for him since that time. That will fade, though, as the number of voters who weren’t even born when that happened because a larger percentage of the total. It is sort of like Al Gore when he was a Senator and his son was struck by a car and nearly killed at a Baltimore Orioles game (I was at that game that day and crossed the same street his son did only a few minutes earlier).

    And a lot of that “love” is the same as the kind of “love” that Murtha enjoys. Biden brings home a LOT of bacon to a little state. Why do you think the banking laws are the way they are? Delaware is the state the got the largest benefit from the deregulation of the banks. Do you send your credit card payment to Wilmington, Delaware? A lot of people do.

    Reference link

  17. Anonymoose says:

    as the almighty anointed one hisself Obama has said:

    “Just Words”

  18. Grassy Knoll says:

    The Biden/Palin debate is going to be fun, but I’m looking forward to the Obama/Biden debate. That should be a hoot. And maybe they can get some of trivial policy stuff cleared up, like where they stand on the use of an abundant domestic energy source.

  19. Enthalpy says:

    I don’t believe that Biden makes so many gaffes. I just think that he’s a very comfortable liar.


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