A conservative leader continues his efforts to educate voters
about the Obama administration's "war on coal."
Phil Kerpen of American Commitment says his organization is
airing new radio and television advertising in Ohio and Virginia,
where Senate hopefuls Sherrod Brown (D) and Tim Kaine (D) are
"These Democratic Senate candidates pretend to have
a pro-coal record, [but] have actually been very willing soldiers
in the Obama administration's war on coal," Kerpen asserts.
The American Commitment president was critical of Senator Claire
McCaskill (D-Missouri) this year for voting down a resolution that
would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from
implementing its Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology
rule, which industry groups and special interests argue will only
lead to closings of coal-fired power plants and lost jobs. Missouri
is heavily dependent on coal.
"I'd love to get up with some advertising in Missouri as well.
It's been a little more difficult to raise money for that state
versus some of these other states, but if anyone [reading] is a
high-dollar donor and wants to write me a big check, I'd love to be
in there in that race," Kerpen states.
Five Republicans also voted against stopping the Utility MACT,
while five Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans in
favor of the resolution -- that includes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West
Virginia), who is airing his own television ad in which he mentions his "no"
vote on cap and trade and touts the benefits of coal. Even so,
Kerpen is disappointed with Manchin.
"Joe Manchin, who has been so strong on coal issues and has
voted right every chance he's had in the Senate, went and
campaigned for Tim Kaine in Virginia last week, even though Tim
Kaine says he supports the cap and trade system, says he thinks
that we need to shrink the portion of electricity coming from coal,
shutter coal plants," the conservative reports. "... I think
[Manchin] felt it was his responsibility as a Democrat to help out
a fellow Democrat."
Kerpen suggests that is another reason why Manchin "really needs
to consider switching parties."