Video: Obama lied, MA Coal Plant Didn’t die: He also misrepresented Romney’s 2003 remarks
As the video below demonstrates, the company had also been given notice to clean up certain aspects of the plant. It was only when they ignored that that Romney said what he did in front of it. Even the Washington Post calls it a half-truth. In reality, it’s not even that.
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.