WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over energy policy Tuesday, with the president mocking his opponent’s stand on wind power and the Republican challenger accusing the incumbent of waging a “war on coal.”
In Iowa, a centre of wind energy production in the United States, Mr. Obama noted Mr. Romney once dismissed wind power, saying, “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”
“I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car,” Mr. Obama joked, referring to the often-repeated tale of a Romney family road trip with their dog in a carrier strapped to the car roof.
“But if he wants to learn something about wind, all he’s got to do is pay attention to what you’ve been doing here in Iowa.”
Campaigning in coal-rich eastern Ohio, Mr. Romney…
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