Mitt Romney attacked the Obama administration’s investment in clean energy policies in a stump speech in Colorado yesterday, hot on the heels of the president’s visit to a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant last week.
Romney’s speech attempted to appeal to the residents of Craig, Colorado, home to a coal-fired power plant, by highlighting the EPA’s proposed industrial carbon pollution standards, and sympathizing with the economies woes they must be suffering:
I’m not going to forget Craig, Colorado. I’m not going to forget communities like this across the country that are hurting right now under this president.
Unfortunately for Romney, the residents of Craig didn’t seem to want his sympathy. According to the New York Times, residents attested that Craig “had weathered the recession better than many of its neighboring cities and towns.”
“The policies of the federal government really aren’t that impactful to us so far,” said Terry Carwile, mayor of Craig and a retired coal miner.
Romney also bashed Obama’s clean energy investments, implying that Colorado had no green energy jobs, when in fact, Colorado currently boasts 72,452 green jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 4,000 – 5,000 wind energy jobs alone.
Meanwhile, Romney’s home state of Massachusetts is enjoying a boom in the solar industry, tying with tropical Hawaii in production of solar energy.