Editor's note: Embed America is a partnership between CNN Radio and CNN iReport. This series tells the story of the 2012 U.S. presidential election through the people most critical to the campaigns: the voters. CNN Radio is traveling across the country to interview iReporters on election issues close to their hearts. These issues were named important by iReporters during phase 1 of the iReport Debate.
(CNN) - Amanda Sedgmer, mother of five and daughter of coal country, believes that in this presidential election, her way of life is at stake.
"If you ask anybody in the coal industry what would happen if Obama is re-elected, they'd say the coal industry is done," said Sedgmer, whose husband, Ryan, is a coal miner and whose family has depended on the industry for at least four generations.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is attempting to flip attacks on his business record by accusing the Obama administration of shipping American jobs overseas, but experts in the industry he's singling out say the truth is more complicated.
"It's interesting when it comes to outsourcing, this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs by putting money into energy companies that end up making their products outside the U.S.," Romney told an audience in Colorado on Tuesday. "If there's an outsourcer-in-chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy running to replace him."FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration will go ahead with more drilling in Arctic waters, though at a pace that allows for more research before additional permits are granted.
The administration will hold new lease sales for oil companies to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas just north of Alaska, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - No mater how hard President Obama may try, the Solyndra debacle - and its $529 million taxpayer-backed price tag - just won't go away.
Just last Week Mitt Romney criticized Obama's economic acumen while standing in front of the company's now-closed headquarters in Fremont, Calif.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney visits a failed energy company to criticize the president. CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta reports.
Fremont, California (CNN) - In a tightly-guarded surprise campaign stop, Mitt Romney visited failed energy company Solyndra Thursday and invoked the building as a symbol of what he called President Obama's misuse of taxpayer dollars.
The visit - kept a secret by the campaign until shortly before the candidate and the press arrived at the site - offered a hulking visual to accompany Romney’s repeated criticism of Obama over the Solyndra scandal.
Washington (CNN) - There's good news for drivers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend: Gas prices are falling.
Regular unleaded dropped to a national average of $3.71 per gallon this week, 23 cents below an April high of $3.94, according to the federal government.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign says an update to the website of President Barack Obama's campaign is more than an update - it highlights an omission from the Obama administration's energy policy.
Obama's campaign website was recently updated to include "clean coal" in a graphic highlighting "President Obama's approach to energy independence." The change was highlighted by Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg, who said in a statement that "President Obama has broken his promise when it comes to pursuing energy independence."
Fort Lupton, Colorado (CNN) – Standing atop oil-rich land and before an active well, Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's policies on oil and gas energy in a Wednesday speech.
"I happen to think that the president's policies are shaped by a perspective that's old and outdated," Romney said before hundreds gathered outside on the Spindle Field Sussex formation, near Denver, which has produced nearly 50 million barrels of oil to date.
Washington (CNN) - An independent conservative group launched its latest round of ads Thursday that are set to air in eight presidential battleground states backed by $6.1 million, according to the organization.
The president of Americans for Prosperity said the ad will begin running on Friday on cable and broadcast television stations for two weeks in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.