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This is Really Disappointing

Remember those great TV advertisements against clean coal that were playing earlier this year? Maybe they’re still playing somewhere, but I don’t see them anymore.

The commercials were produced by the Reality Campaign, a coalition of environmental groups including the Alliance for Climate Protection, League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club. The Reality Campaign used to have a useful blog too, but that’s dwindled away as well. The last time an article was published there was back at the beginning of April.

That’s an interesting time frame for the Reality Campaign to wind down its operations, because it’s just after the Waxman-Markey climate legislation, to become the American Clean Energy and Security Act, was made public. That’s the legislation that was passed on Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislation that Barack Obama is pushing the Senate to pass as soon as possible. It’s billed as an important stand in confronting climate change, but the fact is that the bill has provided funding for the fossil fuel fraud of clean coal.

It’s a funny thing that, just when a funding for clean coal came into consideration in Congress, an organization supposedly dedicated to exposing the sham of clean coal claims stopped speaking out. Search the Reality Campaign’s web site, and you’ll see that it never mentions the American Clean Energy and Security Act, nor its authors, Ed Markey and Henry Waxman.

It looks as if the environmentalist organizations behind the Reality Campaign shut down as soon as it was the Democrats who entered the pocket of Big Coal. Maybe the these organizations figured that they needed to keep access in Washington D.C. Maybe they figured that it would be best to pass any kind of climate legislation, no matter its flaws.

Whatever the motivation for the sudden silence from the Reality Campaign, it demonstrates a lack of reliable leadership on the issue of clean coal. If the campaign’s organizations were really concerned about confronting clean coal, it would have continued speaking out to this day, and it would have opposed the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

3 comments to This is Really Disappointing

  • Tom

    Maybe they ran out of funds. Big Coal sure doesn’t care if we have to breathe toxic particulates or whether their energy source causes even more global warming. They only care about money.

  • qs

    It seemed like the hard left was against the bill and so were the R’s.

    Makes you wonder who wanted it.

  • Kevin

    “the hard left”

    what? who? or is that a sex thing?

    you make a lot of dumb comments. You know why the Rs were against it, because they are self-serving naysaying hacks. and you know why the environmentalists were against it, because it gave away billions in pollution rights to corporations.

    and it contains bribery coal money. add in corn ethanol and shale oil and we have a whole load of stupid.

    but you knew that already. so who was for it? answer your own question.

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