Coal / Energy

President Obama gives ”American-Made Energy” speech in Las Vegas; Again won’t say the word ”coal”

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin with President Barack Obama in 2011.

LAS VEGAS, NV — Yesterday, President Barack Obama followed up his State of the Union speech with a trip to Las Vegas for a speech called “American-Made Energy.”

In his hour-long State of the Union speech, Obama had pointedly avoided saying the word “coal.” The next day, the White House issued a booklet called, “Blueprint for an America Built to Last”, which contained one passing reference to coal.  On page 7, the booklet refers to “clean sources” of energy, and lists “renewable energy sources like wind, solar, biomass, hydropower, nuclear power, efficient natural gas, and clean coal.”

The Las Vegas speech, focusing on energy, was another chance for Obama to mollify coal interests.  Instead, his speech addressed oil and natural gas, and again did not use the word “coal.”

— Paul Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action