As Herman Cain talked about “people who have been abused by the EPA” at the Tea Party debate last night, the coal front group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity ran a new ad with the same theme. “Today too many Americans are just trying to hang on to their jobs,” the ad says. “So why is EPA in a rush to push regulations that would saddle Americans with more energy costs and throw even more of us out of work?”
Of course, the only reason coal has gotten “cleaner” in the last 40 years is because of the EPA.
The other main sponsor of the debate was ExxonMobil, which ran ads promoting the safety of fracking and tar sands.