Friday, January 18, 2008

Big Coal Throws Its Weight Around

Big Coal Throws Its Weight Around. By Steven Mufson, WashPost, January 18, 2008. "A group backed by the coal industry and its utility allies is waging a $35 million campaign in primary and caucus states to rally public support for coal-fired electricity and to fuel opposition to legislation that Congress is crafting to slow climate change. The group, called Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, has spent $1.3 million on billboard, newspaper, television and radio ads in Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. One of its television ads shows a power cord being plugged into a lump of coal, which it calls 'an American resource that will help us with vital energy security' and 'the fuel that powers our way of life'... The group has also deployed teams on the campaign trail; about 50 people, many of them paid, walked around as human billboards and handed out leaflets outside Tuesday's Democratic debate in Nevada with questions for voters to ask the candidates... Environmentalists are worried that [this]... could be a much bigger offensive once Congress gets down to work on a climate change bill."

No comments: