Kevin Grandia's blog
On the ground sources at the Democratic National Convention are telling us that people aren't buying the clean coal propaganda being shoveled out by a major coal industry front group at the event.
People attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week are the target of a $2 million advertising and PR blitz by a coal industry-funded front group called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) whose goal is to sell the idea that coal is somehow clean.
If you're interested in joining forces with an anti-coal group in your hometown, here's a great resource listing all of the groups working against the development of new coal plants.
Also check out this great site calling for a moratorium on the construction of new coal plants.
Speaking in West Virginia today, President Bush says that "he's using his last six months in office to push new energy plans that include electricity from coal."
According to the Associated Press, Bush said "there is no more reliable source of electricity than coal." He also said that promoting a variety of energy sources will be part of the "sprint to the finish" he plans for his presidency.
All that is fit to print in the dirty world of so-called "clean coal."
"CLEAN COAL" IN THE NEWS
US conglomerate GE says it could sign a deal within months to build a $US3 billion ($3.13 billion) "clean coal" power plant in NSW or Queensland that would store carbon dioxide underground.
Joe Romm on Salon writes: Coal? Natural gas? Nuke? We can wipe them all off the drawing board by
using current energy more efficiently. Are you listening, Washington?
As Romm explains,
While the "clean coal" lobby would like us to think coal is cheap, the State of New York Power Authority has a differing opinion.
Plans for a $1.6 billion advanced coal plant in the Town of Tonawanda have been scrapped after the New York Power Authority found the plan too costly, even with some pretty steep financial assistance from taxpayers.
I had to read this one a few times before it really sunk in.
Researchers at Columbia University's Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) have released a study concluding that closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct, positive impact on a child's brain development.
Science Daily is reporting that the study, to be released in the July 14th edition of Environmental Health Perspectives: