Americans For Balanced Energy Choices Pennsylvania "Clean Coal" Campaign Revealed

Americans For Balanced Energy Choices Pennsylvania "Clean Coal" Campaign Revealed
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The other day we revealed the coal industry’s PR plans for the State of Nevada.

We’ve now obtained a similar PR strategy document for Pennsylvania State.

Selling the virtues of “clean coal” on behalf of the coal industry has been undertaken by an organization calling itself the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices” (ABEC).

ABEC has reportedly received $35 million from the some of the largest coal companies in the world, including Peabody Energy, CONSOL Energy and Arch Coal, to convince America that coal is the answer to our energy and environmental concerns.

ABEC has even taken to deploying children as spokespeople to sell their message.

Attached is ABEC‘s request for proposal for public relations work in the State of Pennsylvania. Here’s some of the highlights:

Campaign Goals

· Increase general public awareness of the importance of coal to America’s energy mix;

· Educate key audiences on industry advances in the development and deployment of clean coal technology;

· Help shape near-term, crucial state policy decisions through the implementation of an effective public affairs and media relations campaign;

· Emphasize industry program impacts to key state and federal politicians;

· Assist and support ABEC in various government outreach efforts;

· Enhance the image and credibility of ABEC

· Assist ABEC in developing comprehensive relationships with key press throughout the state.

Media Tours/Editorial Boards

Under the project scope of work, ABEC will have the PRA provide consultation and assist in the implementation of state-wide media tours and editorial boards. These tours will take place over phone and in-person using ABEC’s executive team and technology experts as the subject.

Grassroots Assistance

ABEC will work with its Pennsylvania coalition members and the PRA to identify communities critical to helping shape policy at the grassroots level. ABEC will look to use the PRA to assist in identifying speaking opportunities to key groups and to obtain media coverage for these events.

Regulatory/Legislative Communications

As part of ABEC’s broader, national communications campaign, a primary objective is to defeat unreasonable regulations that negatively impact the coal-based utility industry. ABEC will look to the PRA to assist in implementing communications strategies and tactics designed to assist in defeating such regulations when/if they arise.

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Americans For Balanced Energy Choices Pennsylvania "Clean Coal" Campaign Revealed

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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