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. John S

    One more day of her, then I don't have to hear about her for 4 years. Yay.

    November 2, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Gimmeabreak

    Just. Knock.It. Off.

    If you can't win on your own merits, just quit.

    I've had it up to here with the pitbull and all her ilk.

    November 2, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    guess the witch exorcism didn't work on her

    November 2, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. BM

    Palin, you are a bimbo!It's ovious that Bush and Cheney would want you two puppets in the White House so they can call the shots again.

    November 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. surprised?????

    at this demonic woman??....Alaskans await her return for a full impeachment process....rotten reptiles..her and the pitiful old warmonger................

    November 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. KJL

    Palin is an idiot who is only good at riling people up. Who needs someone like that in the White House?

    November 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Charlie

    She is such an idiot. Everyone please get out an vote on Tuesday. Do not let the wacko right steal this election and thus, finish the job of ruining our country that was started by their very own Dubya.

    November 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Monroe W. DeVos

    The longer this campaign goes on the less respect I have for John McCain. It's his campaign and everything that is said or done falls on his watch. If Sarah Palin thinks that the American people have a short memory whe will be surprised. She is a flash in the pan and I certainly don't think that the Republican Party would use her in the future a rallying figure given her attempts to portray herself as a leader.

    I can't wait until Wednesday morning to see if the American people have given Barack Obama his mandate.

    November 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. justobserve

    McCain-2008 and Palin: a double fraudulent act that even McCain-2000 would NOT approve of.

    November 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Joe Stahl

    Sarah Palin is a dumb box. I doubt she has any political sway over the voters of california, let alone the rest of the country. What happened to her ethics violation? Well, I guess thats about as good as a hockey coach can do.

    November 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. New England Yankee

    This crap from this ***** will end on Tuesday night, THANK GOD! Go back and shoot a moose.

    November 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Jason

    Palin is so ignorant – GO OBAMA/BIDEN!

    November 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Florida democrat

    Sarah, you are pathetically stupid and have no ability to think for yourself.

    My suggestion for your 2012 run for the presidency is to educate yourself and take a lesson from Obama's campaign strategy.

    Us voters, are sick of negative campaigns. Why don't you and McCain start talking about how your policies will be better for me and my family. Why don't you and McCain start talking about why your are better people with higher morals than Obama and Biden. In short, why don't you both give me one reason why I should vote for you.

    I'm sick of hearing you and McCain justify a vote for you because we should not be voting for Obama.

    I certainly hope Tuesday will be the end of your and McCain's political career....... A symbolic ending to negative twisted corrupt politics.

    November 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. BM

    Everyone knows you and McCain together have an IQ of 50, so Bush and Cheney can use you two to destroy the economy once again.

    November 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Please don't go away Palin

    Just kinda curious that if Palin is so pro American then how come she's married to a guy who wants Alaska to secede from the U.S.? At least we know she's not in danger of being tempted and ruined by witches – her preacher made sure of that.

    November 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    those people in marietta are ignorant enough to believe her – it's just across the river from WV where they can't even read and most don't understand what people even say

    November 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. CJ-Maryland

    I stand in awe of this person's uncanny ability to display her staggering ignorance almost daily...


    November 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Former Republican in Southlake, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I am SO tired of listening to this woman's shrill obnoxious voice. I pray the GOP is NOT elected next week, because I just don't think I could stand listening to her devisive hateful uneducated comments for the next 4 years.

    November 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. tia

    all that senator mccain knows is fight, fight, fight. fight for this country, fight for our rights, fight for our children, fight bc we're not scared. fight for our soldiers. if you want to fight for our soldiers, devise a plan to pull them out. if the mccain/palin ticket wins this election, we will forever be at war AND guess what people? wars cost money. how can you get us out of this hughe deficit, senator mccain ,if we're at war. your win would mean FURTHER debt. also, how in the hell do you think you can get us out of debt in 4 years; it took 8 years for bush (which is the cookie sheet you're following) to put us in this position. you sir are trying to fool the people but not this person. GO OBAMA!

    i know cnn.... my comment is being moderated and will never make post.

    November 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Linda32

    The ticker says it all, months old comments. Is that all Palin has? Thank goodness 2 days is all we have to take from her. We can knock her for the prank call, 1st amendment misunderstanding, etc.

    November 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. jay

    If it is not Clean Coal then why should we be building it? If it is not safe nuclear then why would we build that? Chill out moose slayer!
    Hottest vp from the coolest state-not.

    November 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. sandee in Portland

    As if I'd believe anything that came out of the mouth of this sorry excuse for a woman Obama's not against coal, he just wants it to be clean coal technology

    Has anyone read about all the deregulations Bush is trying to get pushed through before he leaves office?.

    November 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. abraxis

    You have to give credit to the pit bull. She is doing her job even though we know she has not a brain cell in her head.

    No brain, no truth, no ethics!

    Nice pick McDufus!! If you do win, we know how that White House is going to operate. Everything based on immorality and lies!

    November 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Were all 23 literate residents at the rally? HA ha ha ha ha ha ha

    November 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Connie from Indiana

    Maybe CNN can find out were Sarah Palins medical records are.Obama has already said he believes in coal if they find away to burn it clean. Remember in China they had to shut most of their factories down because of the pollution from their coal burning factories during the Olympics. CNN find Sarah's medical records. VOTE EARLY/ VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN.
    Connie from "BLUE" Indiana

    November 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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