Kansas Gov Adbusts Big Coal

Thu, 2007-11-08 06:52Ross Gelbspan
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Kansas Gov Adbusts Big Coal

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, did not sway from its support (financial or otherwise) for the controversial ads placed in Kansas newspapers on Monday that said Iraqi, Venezuelan, and Russian leaders were smiling because of the governor’s recent rejection of two applications for coal-burning power plants.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius said the state's decision was based on projected risks to health and the environment from global warming. Governor Sebelius said the backers of the ad owed Kansans an apology.

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CLEAN COAL, it's the two-word catch phrase the coal industry has used for years as it tries to convince the world its climate changing energy source has a future.

While the term “clean coal” is rightly met with ridicule and derision by many, up until this week it has been allowed to stand — at least in the world of advertising.

But now the UK’s advertising authorities have told Peabody Energy that it can no longer freely dangle its “clean coal...

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