President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took aim at each other over the subject of energy during their respective campaign stops on Tuesday. Romney criticized Obama's position on coal and fossil fuels during a stop at an Ohio coal mine, while Obama jabbed at his opponent's position on wind power during an appearance in Iowa, according to reports by The Hill and other media outlets.
Here is some of the key information regarding the battle between the two campaigns over energy policy this week.
* Romney, during his appearance at a coal mine in Beallsville, Ohio, said that Obama "is for all the sources of energy that come from above the ground, none of the sources that come from below the ground," as quoted by The Hill.
* He also sharply criticized the air pollution rules that have been put into place by the Obama administration, which he and other Republicans say will hurt the nation's coal industry. Romney has pledged to support both the American coal and oil industries.
* Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also weighed in on energy policy during his own campaign stop in Colorado on Tuesday, telling a crowd of supporters at Lakewood High School that Obama "has done all that he can to make it harder for us to use our own energy," as quoted by the Washington Post.
* According to Bloomberg News, Obama, for his part, levied sharp criticism on Tuesday at both Romney and Ryan for their stance on wind power, saying that the energy source is not "a fad" as he said that Ryan has claimed, nor is the promise of alternative fuels "imaginary" as he said Romney believes.
* Obama praised the fact that Iowa now gets almost 20 percent of its electricity from wind, and said that his two opponents are uninformed regarding alternative fuels and their uses. He told the crowd in Oskaloosa that if "Gov. Romney knew what you were doing," he would be more supportive of wind energy production, as quoted by Politico.
* He also touted his support for an extension of a wind energy manufacturing tax credit that is due to expire at the end of the year, as also reported by Politico.
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