The Nation’s Must-Read Article “The Dirt on Clean Coal”

The Nation’s Must-Read Article “The Dirt on Clean Coal”
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Ari Berman’s must-read article “The Dirt on Clean Coal” upholds The Nation’s proud reputation for investigative reporting which separates it from most mainstream outlets, posing relevant questions and actually attempting to find answers to them.

Berman asks the critical, overlooked question of the day, “Can the same people who told us that global warming didn’t exist–or that it was a good thing–suddenly be trusted to help solve the climate crisis?”

As you might guess, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Berman details how the coal industry – through its $40 million Astroturf campaign by the front group “American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity” – is working feverishly to fight Congressional efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, hoping to ensure that the world’s coal supplies – and the climate – continue to burn for decades to come.
Tracing the long history of energy industry propaganda, Berman shows how the P.R. machine behind the coal industry’s big lie hasn’t changed at all.  “Although the message on coal has changed, many of the actors–and their actions–remain the same.”

Reminding readers that, “of the country’s 616 coal plants, none are carbon-free or close to it,” Berman even gets a “clean coal” expert to admit that it’s all a farce.  Ted Venners, the founder of Evergreen Energy – a Colorado-based company that refines dirty coal into slightly less dirty coal – tells Berman that “even after the process of cleaning coal, it’s not clean.”

“Clean coal,” Venners admits, “is an oxymoron.”

Straight from the horse’s mouth.

Read Berman’s article here: “The Dirt on Clean Coal”

The Nation’s Must-Read Article “The Dirt on Clean Coal”

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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