So team Obama has decided the way to win votes in Ohio is with a very targeted radio ad touting his pro-coal record.
They actually attack Romney for his 2003 remarks about a Massachusetts coal plant that was responsible for dozens of premature deaths and 14,400 asthma attacks each year (according the Harvard School of Public Health):
I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people. And that plant kills people….
A year ago Climate Progress used the exact same clip that Obama does in his ad — except we were slamming Romney for having Etch-a-Sketched away his previous pro-environmental record, whereas team Obama is slamming Romney for supposedly not being as pro-coal as the President is!
I hope you have multiple head vises on for this ad:
I asked Bill McKibben for a comment. He wrote:
Romney says so many untrue things that it’s deeply ironic and deeply troubling when he gets attacked for one of the few straightforward and accurate charges he ever made.
In “The Toll from Coal,” The American Lung Association found that coal-powered electricity alone caused “over 13,000 premature deaths in 2010, as well as almost 10,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 heart attacks per year.”
What next for team Obama — bragging about boosting coal exports to China, the only country with higher emissions of carbon pollution than we have?
- Life-cycle study: Accounting for total harm from coal would add “close to 17.8¢/kWh of electricity generated”
- Top Economist Prove “Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Air Pollution Damages Larger Than Their Value Added.”