Obama website change covers policy deficiency, Romney camp says
May 11th, 2012
04:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama website change covers policy deficiency, Romney camp says

(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."

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Reached by CNN on Friday, a spokesman for Obama did not dispute the Romney campaign's allegation.

The spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said clean coal is "an essential part of the Presidents all of the above energy strategy."

But Romney didn't back off from the issue at a campaign event on Friday, suggesting his campaign sees the issue as larger than a dot-com drop.

"He's making it harder and harder to get coal mines and coal used in this country, and yet he says he's for 'all of the above,' " Romney said in Charlotte, North Carolina. "And I couldn't figure out what he means because he's been fighting oil and coal and gas–and then it came to me. He's for all the sources of energy that come from above the ground, alright? And I'm for all the energy that comes from above the ground and below the ground."

The phrase "clean coal" refers to technologies which reduce the negative environmental impact of coal, one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Technology, an industry group supporting adoption of these technologies, said the term "includes devices that increase the operational efficiency of a power plant, as well as those technologies that reduce emissions."

The president most recently highlighted his administration's clean energy efforts in his State of the Union address, when Obama called for investments and tax credits to encourage innovation and use of clean technologies, as well as reductions in energy waste.

In his 2011 address, Obama said set a clean energy goal: "By 2035, 80 percent of America's electricity will come from clean-energy sources."

"Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas," he said. "To meet this goal, we will need them all, and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen."

Seven months later, the fact checking website PolitiFact said the clean coal partnerships was "stalled," noting "the unlikelihood of any energy legislation in the 112th Congress" means the administrations "Clean Coal Power Initiative" was unlikely to expand beyond the three companies which ultimately received federal funding.

The clean coal addition to Obama's website was placed in a spot which previously touted the administration's fuel efficiency efforts.

Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    $535 million loan to Solyndra, owner George Kaiser Family Foundation, doesn't pay taxes, one of the richest man and Solyndra goes bankrupt, people get fired and there went those solar panel idea and noone cares!!! Oh wait, George Kaiser was part of Obama's campaign so all is forgiven and forgotten.

    May 11, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. B.

    Someone ought to let Romney know that Obama could have produced twice as much positive legislation in all area of concern if everything put forth was NOT filibustered and require a 60 % majority.

    The Republicans made it very clear early on that they WANT the President to FAIL and will do anything to achieve that goal even at the country’s expense!

    Reprehensible behavior that needs to stop. Even if Obama gets another term they would continue with this outrageous goal.

    May 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    getoverit - My car doesn't run on coal, and neither does yours.
    or wind or solar or algae as Obama thinks they do.

    But coal is still a valuable and economical source of energy. An environmental zealot like Obama and his facist EPA should not be able to dictate the death of an entire industry and the destruction of all of the lives that depend on it. This is environmental ideology gone mad and causing thousands their jobs, homes and kids their future.

    Isn't Obama proud of this "accomplishment"???

    May 11, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    My God Romney is already desperate and he hasn't even secured the nomination. next he'll criticize the President because the copy writer for the website dangled a participle.

    May 11, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. ted

    Romney needs to establish policy. So far he hasn't. What a jerk. YOu republicans really want that MORON for president? Really?

    Obama Biden 2012

    May 11, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Bob

    And Etch-A-Sektch continues to flail desperately about........

    May 11, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Dr. Bombay

    "hope and change" brought us despair and a worse situation than we had before. "forward" will obviously take us backward

    May 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Ex-GOP Con

    Rich Money sure whines alot.

    May 11, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney lies racist bully and a gay basher.obama 2012 bend forward. Looks like you are bending backwards posting all that crap you moron.

    May 11, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    "You mean Obama isn't proud that he has now targetted thousands of people for job termination in VW? "
    Now you're blaming President for job losses in manufacturing German cars? Still, this is smartest thing I've read from you...

    May 11, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. sjlucas

    This is another one where Governor Romney is different from Presidential Wannabe Romney. As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney tried hard to shut down coal-power plants in the state. He appeared at a press conference announcing the closing of a plant in Salem Harbor, MA, and was quoted as saying that the coal-power plant was "killing people". So, publicly-mandated health insurance isn't the only area where Romney is playing flip flop just to coddle up to her new right wing friends. This man will say anything and can't be trusted.

    May 11, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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