November 2nd, 2008
06:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin knocks Obama over months-old coal comments

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin highlighted an interview Obama did in January."]
MARIETTA, Ohio (CNN) - Campaigning in coal country just two days before the presidential election, Sarah Palin is highlighting an interview Barack Obama gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in January in which the Democrat suggested coal plants would be bankrupted by his cap-and-trade proposal.

Audio of Obama’s comments began bubbling up on major conservative blogs over the last 24 hours, and Palin wondered why voters were only now hearing about the remarks. The insinuation that the Chronicle had been hiding the coal comments from the public brought about shouts of “Liberal media!” from the crowd.

“Why is the audio tape just now surfacing?,” Palin asked. “This interview was given to San Francisco folks many, many months ago. You should have known about this, so that you would have better decision-making information as you go into the voting booth.”

Contrary to her attempts to portray a media cover-up, audio and video recordings of Obama’s January 17 sit-down with the Chronicle editorial board have been freely available online for more than nine months.

In the interview, Obama said that his “aggressive” cap-and-trade plan would charge polluters for every unit of carbon or greenhouse gas they emit, a plan that would render polluting coal plants financially unviable.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” he said. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

In the interview, Obama also made the case for alternative energy sources, adding that he does not believe coal production will be eliminated, and that he supports carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

John McCain also supports a market-based cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions.

Regardless, Palin sought to use Obama’s words against him in a part of the country where coal has long been king.

“He said that, sure, if the industry wants to build coal-fired power plants, then they can go ahead and try, he says, but they can do it only in a way that will bankrupt the coal industry, and he's comfortable letting that happen.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. BM

    Pain, where are your medical records you promised Brian Williams. You won't produce them because that is not your down syndone baby, but your pregnant daughter's. How stupid do you think people are?

    November 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Susan from California

    The reason we haven't heard about it is because it is a non-issue.
    This information has been available for months. However, the real ISSUE is that the Palin following does not know how to read a newspaper, a magazine, or do independent research to figure out if the candidates are actually telling the truth. Kinda like the GOP. Let's tell the people what they really need to know. We can't depend on them to go out and find the truth. No wonder the U.S. is in such an abysmal state!

    November 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Just Go Away Already

    I'm so tired of Failin Palin making inflammatory remarks about Obama.
    If Rove ends up stealing this election McCain/Palin would have to be the biggest "lame duck" admin. in the history of this country!

    November 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Chris F

    Stupid. Go back to Alaska you ignorant clown.

    It's too late, baby, now, it's too late.

    November 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Deb

    She should know about month's old stuff. She was at least 1 month pregnant when she got married.

    November 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. joebloe

    Is it just me or is there a pattern starting to show? The Republican campaign only finds out about comments after they have been available for months! (it's called the internet folks, check it out)

    So either they are completely behind in what is going on in the world, or they have been sitting on this until it suits their political purpose. Either way it says that they are not what we need to get this country on a stable footing.

    How will they respond to the fact that Pearl Harbor was attacked or that the Berlin Wall has come down? If they can't keep up with this campaign, how will they keep up with the world when many more things will be happening at a much faster rate?

    November 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    sarah,, you are just as bad as mccain,, with your lies and turning things around, when are you goin to gropw up and see that lies only get you in trouble,????,, better yet,, why dont you go back home,, and FIX your won problems,,, we dont need them here, and by the way,, tell that husband of yours his work ( on th side job) isnt goin to pay off either,,, lies never work for anyone,, and in two days you and mccain will find this out,,, obama/biden 08 and 12

    November 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. AA

    i guess this the oct/nov surprise in full effect.....i think it may be a little too late for the McCain/Palin camp....

    November 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. sad

    Again, this woman continues to portray herself as a bumbling idiot. I'm not surprised though..considering everything else that comes out from her mouth is a complete joke..

    November 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Donna


    November 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Same old same old, isn't it?

    Nothing was hidden, Obama stated a long time ago that he is for clean coal but not for the old method. Why should anyone be? Have the plants not polluted the atmosphere enough yet?

    Get a clue Palin.

    November 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. no spine

    ??????? RNC Enlists Hillary Clinton ???????????

    More like Hijacked LOL

    I look forward to Hillary's counter Attack.

    November 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Republican for Obama

    It's kind of funny that Palin is attacking Obama for something he supports that John McCain agrees with. Just keep slinging that mud, Gov. Palin, you'll get a ride back home soon enough.

    November 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Suzie.

    "John McCain also supports a market-based cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions."

    Why is she criticizing then?

    I don't get it. Someone want to explain or..?

    November 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. a woman well educated

    It reeks of deperation....

    November 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. sjp

    welcome to the circus, watch the stupid lady speak. this must be some more rogue speech from palin, not smart enough to realize that her comments also go against her running mate.

    November 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Matthew Coburn

    So what?! Obama simply wants to wean our industrial energy providers to abandon 19th century technology for the benefit of our environment.

    It's the ecology, stupid!

    November 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. granz

    Does Sarah realize that after Tuesday if she sees the secret service around her, it will be becuase they are investigating her? Sooner or later this woman's lies and distortions have got to come home to roost.

    November 2, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. the papa

    This person is lucky the Democrats respect women. Watch this indivudual and all your backs after the election. Ambitious and Self serving to the ultimate. She will probably be another one to get an agent and write a missive. Then again she might envision herself as "queen" of Alaska, with Todd as consort.

    November 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    palin is so dense, she knows the reason our country is in the shape it's in, is because of macain and bush and cheney and her leadership, she is a total disgrace to all america, OHIO IS SMART, SEND A MESSAGE TO THESE HATE FILLED PEOPLE, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    November 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Republican who voted for Obama/Biden on October 20th

    All that comes out of Sarah Palin's is lies, lies and more lies. I don't see have she can live with herself. John McCain is no better. It's sad what these two will do and say to win an election. John McCain abandoned the Country First when he chose Palin.

    The people of this great Nation deserve the best and the best is Barack Obama and Joe Biden. They will bring restoration and truth back to the people. They will work fpr the people from the bottom up.

    November 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. David

    This is the most pathetic campaign I've ever seen on the national stage. McCain and Palin are so desperate. They have nothing to offer the country except to say, "We found this out about Obama. Isn't he awful!"

    They haven't offered a single reason why someone should vote for them. If not Obama, why not Barr or Nader? At least they're not Bush-Cheney wannabes.

    November 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Dianne

    Something my father told me once:

    "Sometimes you just can't argue with stupid!!!"


    November 2, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Lorrilee

    Nor surprisingly ... not only that she doesn't know how to speak, she doesn't get it either 🙁

    November 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. rr

    I have read alot of history books and i can't imagine reading one of sarah palin and having a line or two about her seeing Russia fron her house.

    November 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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