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Thu, 2008-03-20 12:30Kevin Grandia
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DeSmogBlog in the New York Times today

DeSmogBlog was referenced today in a New York Times article on the battle over coal power in the US

 

Tue, 2008-03-18 16:02Kevin Grandia
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Duke Energy Talking Out Both Sides of Its Mouth

Power generation giant Duke Energy can't talk the green talk, without walking the green walk on climate change.

Check out our online petition at the end of this post. 

Business Week ran a story recently highlighting US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) members who appear to be playing both sides of the fence when it comes to the issue of global warming and greenhouse gas reduction.

 

Tue, 2008-03-18 13:46Kevin Grandia
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The Clean Coal Scam and the Carbon Sequestration Myth

UK columnist George Monbiot penned a piece today on the UK government's clean coal “great green scam.”

The scam Monbiot is referring to revolves around the notion of the potential for coal-fired electrical generation plants to bury their produced carbon in the ground, so called carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Large scale CCS is expensive and unproven technology being used by coal enthusiasts to convince governments and the public that coal is not a worry when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Wed, 2008-01-30 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy

It seems that come hell or high water, the coal industry will do about anything to convince us that “clean coal” technology is an affordable energy solution.

They're even willing to burn hundreds of millions of US taxpayers dollars to convince us.

Today, the US Department of Energy announced it will pull out of a $1.8 billion “clean coal” demonstration project called FutureGen.

Wed, 2008-01-23 14:57Kevin Grandia
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Americans For Balanced Energy Choices Pennsylvania "Clean Coal" Campaign Revealed

The other day we revealed the coal industry's PR plans for the State of Nevada.

We've now obtained a similar PR strategy document for Pennsylvania State.

Selling the virtues of “clean coal” on behalf of the coal industry has been undertaken by an organization calling itself the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices” (ABEC).

ABEC has reportedly received $35 million from the some of the largest coal companies in the world, including Peabody Energy, CONSOL Energy and Arch Coal to convince America that coal is the answer to our energy and environmental concerns.

Mon, 2008-01-21 13:09Kevin Grandia
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Americans For Balanced Energy Choices "Clean Coal" PR Spin Campaign Revealed

So what does a multi-million dollar PR campaign trying to put a green shiny face on the dirtiest energy sector look like?

Wed, 2008-01-09 13:03Mitchell Anderson
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The Expensive Myth of Clean Coal

“Clean coal” is a term that is getting a lot of coverage these days but the moniker makes as much sense as calling Paris Hilton “pedantic”.
 
As a fuel source, coal is as filthy as they come – emitting about 67% more CO2 per unit of energy than natural gas.
Thu, 2007-11-15 12:07Kevin Grandia
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Coal Industry Front Group Sponsoring CNN Democrats Debate Tonight

A coal industry front group called the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices” (ABEC), is one of the lead sponsors for tonight's CNN Democratic presidential debate.

ThinkProgress wonders whether candidates will be grilled on where they stand on the issue of “clean coal” electrical generation - which by all accounts remains the dirtiest form of energy production in the United States.

At least ABEC is honest about who funds them, their website states that, “primary funding for ABEC’s outreach efforts come from America’s coal-based electricity providers.” And a list of their supporters can be found on their site here.

But any praise for their attempts at disclosure ends there.

Thu, 2007-09-13 15:32Emily Murgatroyd
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Coal: cheap, abundent, cheap

Hilarious, and a great message. But it's a sign of the times that this other video is getting 1,000 times the viewers in the same time frame. 

 

Hat tip to blogger Matt Campbell.

Sat, 2005-12-24 07:09Jim Hoggan
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Bush Bought and Paid for by the Coal Industry

This quote also from the R.F. Kennedy Speech on George W Bush and the US Coal Industry:

“I'll give you an example. As I said, a gigantic diminution in quality of life has taken place in this country as a direct result of this President's environmental policy that Americans mainly don't know about. I'm just going to focus on one industry, which is coal-burning power plants.”

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