In case you weren't paying attention, clean coal has reemerged on the campaign trail this month giving the Obama re-election campaign a major headache. And, starting tomorrow, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy is taking advantage of the renaissance by launching three new ads that take aim at the "EPA's heavy-handed regulations on coal." The ads are running nationally on cable and network television, along with an online advertising campaign.
"You're familiar with pain at the pump? Get ready for pain at the plug, ACCCE spokeswoman Lisa Camooso Miller told the Alley. "If Obama's EPA continues with their overreach, affordable electricity will be a thing of the past."
The ads come at a tough time for the Obama campaign. After a felon received 40 percent of the primary vote in coal-heavy West Virginia, the campaign late last week added clean coal to the energy priorities listed on is website. On Thursday, coal miners protested Vice President Biden's speech in Ohio. And when asked by a local newspaper reporter about the administration's coal policy, Biden ignored the query before aides swooped in, telling reporters that they could not ask questions.
Republicans pounced. The RNC put up this video and the House Natural Resources Committee got into the action on this website.
And now, the clean coal lobby is using part of its massive $40 million budget this year to put up three new ads including this one: