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.
The public isn’t buying the coal lobby’s high-priced ad campaign.
They know that coal is dirty and has remained so for the last century. But it seems to be falling on deaf ears amongst our politicians in Washington, D.C.
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,
Faced with an impending proposal to stripmine over 6,600 acres, local residents have come up with a better idea.
If Senator Barack Obama ever needs a living symbol of change we can believe in, and a hopeful way to transcend the dirty politics of our failed energy policies, he should go and see the future of renewable energy in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia.
Yes, renewable energy in Appalachia.
UK Parliament and Royal Society: Set date for carbon capture or face coal plant closure.
In what could be considered "calling the industry’s bluff" on so-called clean coal, a UK Parliament committee described industry claims that coal is clean as a “fig leaf.”