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Thu, 2008-10-16 11:08Kevin Grandia
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Report outlines major risks of "clean coal"

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report today outlining the considerable risks associated with so-called “clean coal” and carbon capture and storage technology (pdf.)

Clean coal has been a persistent theme throughout the US election, with presidential candidates on both sides of the political ledger touting the message that coal is somehow clean. As coal industry commentator and author Jeff Goodell puts it best: 

Clean coal” is not an actual invention, a physical thing – it is an advertising slogan. Like “fat-free donuts” or “interest-free loans.”

Fri, 2008-08-29 12:09Emily Murgatroyd
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NY Time's Andy Revkin on the 'Allure of Clean Coal'

On his NY Time's DotEarth blog, journalist Andy Revkin writes:

This enduring notion — that the world can have its coal and climate, too, by pumping the carbon dioxide from combustion into the earth — has been promoted by institutions including Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company (see its coal-sales ticker here), and the Natural Resources Defense Council. A group that pushed the clean-coal theme at the Democratic convention, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, will be heading to the Republican convention next week. Environmentalists have attacked the group as the latest in a string of industry propaganda mills.

Fri, 2008-07-11 09:51Emily Murgatroyd
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US coal jobs bleeding while renewable technology booms worldwide

While coal industry mouthpieces like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity tout coal as the second-coming of Jesus for the United States, the latest Vital Signs report shows that coal industry employment has fallen by half in the last 20 years, despite a one-third increase in production. 

According to the new report out today by the Worldwatch Institute, a transition to renewable energy sources promises significant global job gains at a time when the coal industry has been hemorrhaging jobs for years.

Wed, 2008-06-25 20:45Page van der Linden
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Choice Words for James Hansen From Big Coal Exec

Andy Revkin's New York Times Dot Earth has published a letter from Vic Svec, Senior Vice President for Peabody Energy, the largest private coal company in the world, reacting to the statement made earlier this week by NASA's Dr. James Hansen that top executives of coal and oil companies should be tried for “crimes against humanity and nature.”
Fri, 2008-05-23 16:15Kevin Grandia
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A Coal Industry Front Group's Principled Attack on Climate Action

If the “clean coal” advertising on CNN wasn't enough, the coal industry is now going hard after the Leiberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

The Wonk Room at Think Progress has a detailed post up about the latest activities by the coal industry's main front group, the “American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity” (ACCCE).

Thu, 2008-05-22 16:53Kevin Grandia
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Introducing the Clean Coal Smackdown

Here on DeSmog we've been writing a lot about so-called “clean coal,” a word that would fit well under Stephen Colbert's definition of truthiness:

what you want the facts to be, as opposed to what the facts are. What feels like the right answer as opposed to what reality will support.”

Coal is far from clean, but a $40 million advertising and public relations campaign by a coal industry front group calling itself the “American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity” is doing its darndest to try and convince us otherwise.

So we would like to proudly introduce the Clean Coal Smackdown!

Wed, 2008-04-30 15:07Emily Murgatroyd
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Burning the Future: Coal in America

Want to learn the harsh realities of so-called “clean coal.”

Director David Novack's documentary Burning the Future: Coal in America, will air on the Sundance Film Channel on May 13th. David told us that the DVD of his film will be out in a few weeks.

Here's a clip.

Mon, 2008-04-21 12:06Kevin Grandia
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I Believe... "Clean Coal" is PR Spin

We put together two quick youtube “video responses” to the new coal industry front group, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity's (ACCCE), slick “I believe” advertising.

Here's our video responses:

Mon, 2008-03-31 15:13Kevin Grandia
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Flaks Flog "Clean Coal" in Ohio

The $40 million “clean coal” campaign being run by the so-called “Americans For Balanced Energy Choices” (ABEC) has hit Columbus,Ohio with larger than life billboards as the latest tactic.

Of course, nowhere on the sign (not even in the fine print) will you find, “Paid for by the US Coal Industry,” or “This ad campaign is brought to you in part by the largest coal company in America, Peabody Energy.”

ABEC could at least be somewhat honest and advertise themselves as “Coal Companies for Balanced Energy Choices.”

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