PERSON: "Senator, Senator, wind and solar are flourishing here in Ohio, so why are you supporting clean coal?"
BIDEN: "Say … I didn't hear what you said."
PERSON: "Wind and solar are flourishing here in Ohio, so why are you supporting clean coal?"
BIDEN: "We're not supporting 'clean coal.' Guess what. China's building two every week. Two dirty coal plants. And it's polluting the United States. It's causing people to die."
PERSON: "So will you support wind and solar?"
BIDEN: "Absolutely. Before anybody did. The first guy to introduce a global warming bill was me, 22 years ago. The first guy to support solar energy was me, 26 years ago. It came out of Delaware. But guess what. China is gonna burn three hundred years of bad coal unless we figure out how to clean their coal up. Because it's going to ruin your lungs and there's nothing we can do about it. No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they're going to build them over there make 'em clean because they're killing you."
(Joe Biden, Remarks, Maumee, OH, 9/17/08)
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Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to undermine Barack Obama's backing of clean-coal technology when he told voters in Maumee last week that neither he nor Obama "are supporting clean coal."