"A simple question on gas prices ignited a sharp disagreement between the presidential candidates at their second debate Tuesday night – President Barack Obama described himself as a friend of oil and coal, Mitt Romney challenged the characterization and said the administration’s policies have crippled the industry."
So begins the article below. Obama is a legend in his own mind regarding American coal and what he's done to help that industry. BUT...
"The largest union of coal miners has refused to endorse Obama and has criticized the president’s regulations as a death sentence for the industry."