Obama right and wrong on coal plant

October 16, 2012

Obama said that Romney as governor stood outside a Massachusetts coal plant and said it killed people. He's right that in 2003, Gov. Romney said he was opposed to giving the Salem Harbor coal plant an extension on regulations that required a reduction in emissions. When the issue of jobs came up, Romney said he wouldn't protect jobs if it meant killing people and, pointing at the plant, he said that the coal plant was killing people. Obama was wrong when he said Romney "took great pride" in shutting down the plant. The plant is still open, though two of its four units have closed. 

Steven Mufson covers the White House. Since joining The Post, he has covered economics, China, foreign policy and energy.
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