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.

The DeSmog team has been doing its part to counter the “clean coal” PR spin in its own way, as have many other online media outlets. But it is isn't enough, what we need is an online clean coal smackdown.

And here it is.

In partnership with Greenpeace USA and Rainforest Action Network we have launched a powerful new website called, simply enough, Coal is Dirty.

We have pulled together some of the best and most outspoken leaders on the environmental, public health and economic effects of America's addiction to coal, including:

Jeff Goodell, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.

Jeff Biggers, author of In the Sierra Madre and The United States of Appalachia and a regular contributor on Huffington Post.

Page van der Linden, contributing editor on Daily Kos and longtime campaigner on nuclear and coal issues.

Kert Davies, Research Director for Greenpeace in the United States and the architect for the well-known campaign and the recently launched

JW Randolph, staff Legislative Associate for the powerful Appalachian Voices organization and manager of the Appalachian Voices blog.

Ted Nace, the director of Coal Swarm, a group that works to support the grassroots movement opposing coal.

David Novack, producer and director of the great new documentary, Burning the Future: Coal in America, which chronicles the environmental devastation of the coal industry in West Virginia.

Kate Rooth, who works for Greenpeace in the United States promoting climate, forests and oceans issues. She works with the Research Unit to support campaign and action work and is also a non-violence trainer.

Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal recently called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons from an undisclosed location somewhere in San Francisco.

Richard Littlemore, Senior Writer for the award-winning site,

And we'll be adding more talented writers, researchers, online mavens and investigative journalists over the coming months.

Click around and let us know what you think. And, of course, to all our fellow bloggers out there, links are always appreciated and reciprocated!


Clean coal is not clean and the coal industry thinks that slick ads can buy (fool) the american public.

Good on ya for taking this on! Clean coal is the biggest crime since the exxonmobil funded climate change denial movement.

Go get em!

“exxonmobil funded climate change denial movement”

Thats rich. really.
19 million in ten years vs 50 billion to push the AGW myth.

very amusing.

Anyway, there is hope for coal. I doubt this is it, but it can be made to burn clean.

A far better idea however is to completely abandon coal and shift our power generation to clean Nuclear.

Thankfully Canada is now embracing this sensible option.

So Wonder of Wonders, I sort of agree with your crusade to stop coal use.


We require the full details of your source of this reliable [or laughable] information.


vs 50 billion to push the AGW myth.

The burden of proof lies with you. No reliable source and you’re looking a fool.

And I had thought that everyone who pays even a little attention would know all about this FACT.
One source of many many many.

The interesting part is that 50 Billion has not been enough to scare up ANY proof and only circumstantial evidence for AGW.

Secondary sources are unreliable, especially when channeled via such notoriously unreliable witnesses as Bob Carter, Marc Morano and Senator Inhofe, who are prone to flights of fancy.

The figure appears to have been conjured out of thin air and without traceability to a reliable source is about as reliable as you: i.e. - not very!

Credibility of source: 0/10

Those sources are more credible than the standards for AGW….
James the fudge Hansen.
Michael the Fraud Mann.
Al the Huckster Gore.
David the Fruit Fly scientist Suzuki.

etc, etc, etc,

Believe I will side with the “Overwhelming Concensus” of issues relating to AGW from now on.
The 31000 members of the “Overwhelming Concensus”

You might find this article in the Guardian interesting: Heavyweight investors join Rockefeller rebellion at ExxonMobil. A campaign to persuade ExxonMobil to take climate change more seriously has won support from 19 institutional investors before a potentially explosive showdown at the annual meeting next week.

A coalition of disaffected shareholders stepped forward yesterday, including public investment funds from California, New York, Illinois, Maine and Vermont plus the United Methodist Church and the AFSCME public employees’ union. They intend to back resolutions calling for Exxon to appoint an independent chairman and to set up a task force tackling global warming.

See the whole article at:

“task force tackling global warming”

Excellent. As soon as the realize that Global warming stopped years ago they will get realistic and work on the far more inportant issue of how to replace Oil in a hundred years or so.

Nothing like education to dispell silly myths.

“Heavyweight investors join Rockefeller rebellion at ExxonMobil.”

Greenpeace is heavily funded by many foundations, among which are the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Bauman Family Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund, the Columbia Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Nathan orgasmings Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, Ted Turner’s Turner Foundation.

“the Nathan orgasmings Foundation”? I hope that’s a typo!

Fern Mackenzie

==A far better idea however is to completely abandon coal and shift our power generation to clean Nuclear.==

And who’s going to pay for that?
Nuclear power is expensive.

But not anywhere near as expensive as wind and solar.
And it has the added advantage of being able to meet the demand.
Wind and solar simply don’t.

Who pays?

The consumer of course! Just like every other costly thing on the planet.