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A Coal Industry Front Group's Principled Attack on Climate Action

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If the “clean coal” advertising on CNN wasn’t enough, the coal industry is now going hard after the Leiberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

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).

The Wonk Room reports that:

ACCCE claims it is opposed to Lieberman-Warner because it ‘does not adequately embrace‘ their ‘principles’ and raises ‘just too many unanswered questions.’”

And in the minds of ACCCE, a group that is now touting itself as an environmental organization in phone polling, Leiberman-Warner does not adequately meet their principles because the bill does not allow for the construction of new, uncontrolled coal-fired power plants until taxpayers pony up unlimited amounts of money for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology.

Nice principles.

Cross-posted on our affiliate site, Coal is Dirty.

 

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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmog. 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 DeSmog, 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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