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New Portman Ads On Strickland & Coal

Strickland Defended Obama’s Coal Policies, Denied White House Is Waging A War On Coal

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Portman for Senate campaign today released online banner ads that will run across Ohio. The ads highlight Governor Ted Strickland’s defense of Obama’s coal policies and the strong criticism he’s receiving from Ohio coal advocates as a result.

“Strickland likes to pretend to he’s for working people, but when it comes to families who depend on coal for their livelihood he sides with the Obama administration instead,” said campaign manager Corry Bliss. "The War on Coal means higher electricity prices for working families and fewer good paying factory jobs across Ohio. Rob Portman believes Ohio workers deserve better than Strickland who defended Obama's coal policies as the head of a Washington special interest group and watched 350,000 jobs disappear as governor." 


Background:

Ohio Coal Association: Strickland Is “Bad For Ohio Coal” (Ohio Coal Association, 2/8/15)

Ohio Coal Association: “…former Governor Ted Strickland has been advocating for the Obama Administration’s radical anti-coal policies that could kill 53,000 Ohio jobs, lower access to affordable energy, and threaten grid reliability… Strickland left Ohio to go to Washington, DC and took over as the President of a left-wing think tank called the Center for American Progress. This group has consistently lobbied to support President Obama's liberal polices, including the Obama Administration’s war on coal.” (Ohio Coal Association, 2/8/15)

Ohio Coal Association: ‘Strickland will have a lot to answer to Ohio's coal voters on why he betrayed the people he used to represent’ “Ted Strickland has always liked to claim that he supports Ohio’s coal industry, but he has done just the opposite… Strickland will have a lot to answer to Ohio's coal voters on why he betrayed the people he used to represent in Congress and why he has been getting paid by a liberal Washington think tank for the past few years to advocate policies that are bad for Ohio coal, as well as anyone who turns on a light switch.” (Ohio Coal Association, 2/8/15)

“I think the implication that an Obama-Biden ticket would be anti-coal is just simply false… I think the coal industry has a friend in Sen. Obama.” (Columbus Dispatch, 9/28/08)

“Strickland, a Democrat, defended the coal policy of President Barack Obama's during a telephone interview with The Intelligencer Tuesday.” (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, 10/4/12)

Ted Strickland Denies White House Is Waging ‘War on Coal’ … He disagrees there is a war against coal being waged by the Obama administration.” (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, 10/4/12)

Ted Strickland: "The coal industry in Ohio has actually done pretty well under Mr. Obama…” (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, 10/4/12)

Strickland served as President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and on the executive committee for the Center for American Progress (Center for American Progress, Accessed 2/2/15)

Center for American Progress: “There is no war on coal.” (Center for American Progress, 5/30/14)

Center for American Progress Praised Obama’s New Anti-Coal Rules. “The EPA’s Clean Power Plan will set the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants… The past few days have been important in the fight for clean air…” (Center for American Progress, 12/1/14)

Call Obama’s Anti-Coal Rule ‘Most Important Federal Effort To Cut Carbon’ “…the Obama administration proposed the Clean Power Plan, a landmark policy to establish the first-ever carbon-pollution standards for power plants, the largest industrial source of carbon pollution in the United States… the most important federal effort to cut carbon...” (Center for American Progress, 3/9/15)

Think Progress Said President Obama's EPA Regulations On Power Plants ‘Will Be The Most Significant Thing America Has Ever Done To Combat Climate Change.’ "Regulating carbon emissions from coal plants will be the most significant thing America has ever done to combat climate change. The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions here, and dropping those 25 percent in 6 years amounts to a reduction of roughly 300 million tons of CO2 each year." (Think Progress, 7/2/14)