So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
He's not complaining that coal is "dirty," a problem that has been taken care of by modern technology on US coal plants (if not overseas). He's complaining about the fact that coal power plants use combustion to generate power and thereby release carbon dioxide. Don't anyone tell him how oil and natural gas power plants work. Oh wait, someone told him:
Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he'd like to tax "dirty energy" such as coal and natural gas.
Since Obama is at best ambivalent about nuclear power, what else is left? I guess he thinks living in caves wouldn't be so bad. Of course, every other country in the world (particularly China) will be laughing their heads off at our stupidity.
Update: Hussein doesn't just have it in for people in the coal industry - he hates the little people who use electricity too:
Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
Glad to see he is looking out for us.
Let me get this straight. A bankrupt coal plant will generate "billions of dollars" for solar and wind power?
That's math only a community organizer can understand.