After Barack Obama's disappointing showing in the West Virginia Democratic primary--the president received less than 60 percent of the vote while a federal inmate in Texas won more than 40 percent--it seems the Obama reelection team may be realizing it has a problem in coal country. Below is an image of the Obama-Biden 2012 page on energy policy from a version of the site cached on May 3, five days before the West Virginia primary:
Among the topics available to read are oil, natural gas, fuel efficiency, biofuels, wind, solar, and nuclear. Now, here's a screenshot from Obama's energy page today:
All topics are still available to read except for "fuel efficiency." That's been replaced by "clean coal." The site touts Obama's "10-year goal to develop and deploy cost-effective clean coal technology."
Obama isn't likely to win West Virginia this year--ever since George W. Bush won the state in 2000, it's been in Republican hands at the presidential level. But consider that swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio also have coal industries, and the change on Obama's campaign website makes a bit more political sense.