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Hey, kids, it's time for another bedtime story from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a.k.a. the ACCCE (the organization formerly known as Americans for Balanced Energy Choices)!
Today's story is told by ACCCE's vice president for communications, Joe Lucas, in a
spin festival er, opinion column in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal-Gazette.
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).
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!
Check out this new animation by well-known animator Mark Fiore. Very well done commentary on the absurdity of so-called “clean coal.”
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (bought and paid for by the coal industry) was stumping its “clean coal” message in Huntington, West Virginia last week. If you aren't already skeptical about the notion of so-called clean coal, then check out this less-than-hopeful message from clean coal spindoctor Cathy Coffey:
We believe that technology within the next 10 to 15 years will be developed and tested so that we will be able to produce near-zero emission-free electricity from coal.” (My emphasis).
The message is carefully crafted and the “10 to 15 years will be developed and tested” message is subtle enough to be passed right over. The clean coal message might even leave you feeling a little hopeful.
Both Clinton and Obama are stumping for “clean coal” up and down the coal State of West Virginia today.
And both Presidential hopefuls include the capture and storage of “clean coal” greenhouse gas emissions in their policy platforms.
Have you been feeling a little cynical about the “clean coal” lobby's claims that we can simply and neatly bury our greenhouse gas emissions and forget about them?
A comprehensive, in-depth report was released yesterday by Greenpeace International called “False Hope: Why Carbon capture and storage won't save the climate.” The bottom line, as I've written here on DeSmog before, is that the timeline is just too long for Carbon Capture and Sequestration to have the desired affect on greenhouse gas emissions.
“Clean coal” spin by any other name is still spin. In other words, the coal industry has scrapped one front group name for another, as if we wouldn't figure it out.
The coal industry's $35 million spin machine , Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), is now the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). This is the result of a merger between the ABEC and another coal industry interest group, the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED).