Coal: Ohio Energy and Economics

Ohio ranks 3rd in coal consumption and 7th in  coal reserves nationally.  Coal makes up 95% of our nation’s fossil energy resources.  With 87% of Ohio’s and 50% of the nation’s electricity coming from coal, discussions regarding energy independence must include this important resource.  Additionally, the Ohio coal industry employs thousands of individuals. (See the Ohio Coal Association’s fact sheet at


Given the importance of coal for energy and employment, what do the Presidential campaigns have to say?   Well, Obama stated at his DNC acceptance speech that “As president, I will… invest in clean coal technology.”  Yet just a few days ago while in Ohio, his running mate stated “We’re not supporting clean coal…No coal plants in America.”


In fact, Biden has previously stated that he believes that coal is a more deadly threat to Americans than a terrorist attack. Biden has also stated “I don’t think there’s much of a role for clean coal in energy independence…Clean-coal technology is not the route to go in the United States.” 


A review of Obama’s coal policy shows that it amounts to a suspension of commercial coal plant construction for the duration of his term.  Obama also stated “What we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal.”  Tax half of our nation’s electricity?  Tax 87% of Ohio’s electricity? 


I say thanks but no thanks to higher utility bills.  I’ll vote for Senator John  McCain who has committed to support clean coal technology.  McCain realizes, as I do, that our future national security and prosperity requires breaking our dependence on foreign energy.  McCain demonstrated his commitment to energy independence when he announced his running mate.  Palin was the chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources.


Our local candidates realize that McCain will provide the leadership we need on this and other issues.  McCain has launched the Coalition to Protect Coal Jobs, a nationwide group including members of Congress, state government and other influential leaders to spread the message about the importance of clean coal technology.  “Reports have concluded that the United States has enough supply in coal deposits to last 300-plus years, a keystone to America’s energy independence.” stated former U.S. Congressman and National member of the Coalition Scott McInnis (R-CO).


Recently, Ohio Coal Association President Mike Carey, State Senate candidate Jimmy Stewart and U.S. Congressional candidate Fred Dailey discussed the importance of coal to Ohio’s future in Zanesville.  Stewart, a State member of the Coalition, stated “Coal mining put food on my family’s table and put us through college.  The coal industry in Ohio provides jobs and money for our struggling economy.”


You can watch McCain’s new coal ad at


Also, check out this radio ad:


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