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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!

Thu, 2008-05-22 13:31Kevin Grandia
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The Best Clean Coal Ad Ever!

Check out this new animation by well-known animator Mark Fiore. Very well done commentary on the absurdity of so-called “clean coal.”

Thu, 2008-05-15 15:44Kevin Grandia
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Clean Coal talking point: "Near Zero-Emission Free Electricity"

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.

Mon, 2008-05-12 17:36Kevin Grandia
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Obama and Clinton's "Clean Coal" Kills Climate Promises

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.

Wed, 2008-05-07 15:48Kevin Grandia
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New Report: Carbon Capture and Sequestration a Pipe Dream

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.

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 17:19Page van der Linden
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Same Front Group, Different Day ...

“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).

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:

Tue, 2008-04-15 10:42Kevin Grandia
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GE: Coal Never Looked So Sexy

Forget “clean coal.” Energy giant General Electric thinks coal is downright sexy.

This “coal-is-so-clean-its-sexy ad” was pulled by General Electric a while back, but it goes to show just how far some will go to sell clean coal.

Strange choice of music for the ad -  “Sixteen Tons” by Merle Travis is a song about the misery of coal mining.  

Mon, 2008-03-31 16:55Emily Murgatroyd
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Tracking "Americans for Balanced Energy Choices" and "Clean Coal" across the United States

Call it “Geo-blogging,” if you'd like.

Here's an interactive Google Map we've started to keep track of the PR, advertising and lobbying efforts being undertaken by “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices,” (ABEC) as they spend a reported $40 million on behalf of the coal industry to sell the virtues of “clean coal” in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election.

If you would like to contribute to the map or have information on ABEC activities in your region, please drop us an email at: desmogblog [at] gmail.com and we'll add your entry.

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