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Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration

Romney-Ryan Seek to Raise Americans’ Energy Prices: (a) Electricity

September 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Romney-Ryan energy plan has been appropriately castigated for embracing and enshrining fossil fuels while disdaining and dismissing renewable energy systems (and, well, totally ignoring energy efficiency).  (One could say that the Romney-Ryan campaign is rejecting energy from heaven and embracing (with passion) energy from hell.) With mindless ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ cheering, enraptured sonnets for Keystone […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · coal · electricity · Energy

Senator Reid: Despite press attention, Climate deniers have no validity

August 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Senator “Give ‘Em Hell Harry’ Reid (D-NV) sometimes shows a propensity for speaking truths, which is what he did today at the Fifth Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s time for us all – whether we’re leaders in Washington, members of the media, scientists, academics, environmentalists or utility industry executives – to stop […]

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Tags: climate change

On refusing to be rounded out of existence

May 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on On refusing to be rounded out of existence

This guest post comes from James Wells who eloquently and passionately is outlining the detrimental implications of short-term thinking embrace of coal exports. The phrase, arriving in the middle of a deeply technical presentation, stood out for everything it said in just one sentence. “They’re just going to be rounded out of existence, because they […]

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Tags: China · coal · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · environmental justice

Wise and UnWise

August 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Wise and UnWise

Today we have news of a Wise decision when it comes to what should be referred to Dominion Virginia Power’s unWise plan to build a massive new coal-power plant in Wise County, Virginia.

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Tags: Energy

Well-worn excuses: ACCCE and others have been practicing

August 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Amid the Bonner & Associates, Hawthorn Group, American Coalition for Clean-Coal Electricity shenanigans of falsified (fraudulent) letters, with all implicated in LetterGate pointing fingers away from themselves, we have to ask: Do these excuses and explanations pass a basic laugh test? Two quick examples of patterns that suggest some laughter could be in order. ACCCE […]

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Tags: truthiness

The dog ate my homework: Excuses for ACES letter fraud proliferate

August 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

My pencil broke … The library was closed … My alarm clock didn’t go off … Car had a flat tire … The dog ate my homework … Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Excuses … When it comes to the fraudulent letters sent to members of Congress against clean energy action by Bonner & Associates on behalf […]

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Tags: astroturfing · coal · Congress · Energy · government energy policy · politics · renewable energy

Now I’m outraged … ACCCE knew prior to vote …

August 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As discussed yesterday, the pro-coal astroturf American Coalition for Clean-Coal Electricity (ACCCE) stated that it was “outraged” that its contractor, Donner & Associates had forged (oops, that an intern or temp or contract employee, no longer with the group had forged) letters from two minority organizations to Representative Tom Perriello trying to create a (false) […]

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Tags: astroturfing · cap and trade · carbon dioxide · climate delayers · climate legislation · coal · Congress

“We are Outraged!” From “Clean Coal Santa” to Black Faced Astroturfing?

August 3rd, 2009 · 8 Comments

The breaking news in the lobbying world last Friday: lobbying firm Bonner & Associates had forged letters from minority organizations to send to Representative Tom Perriello (D-VA) in opposition to the American Clean Energy & Security Act. Now, of course, it is all an intern’s fault (or is it a temp worker … or a […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · coal · Energy · government energy policy · politics

Scratching the Head: Wondering about ACES provisions …

May 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Scratching the Head: Wondering about ACES provisions …

The American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) act is going through Congressional mark-up right now. The 932 page draft is filled with good elements, weak items, and bad — plus plenty of confusion and difficulty for understanding. One of the main “winners” in this bill is the whole Clean Coal movement, with literally billions of […]

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Tags: Energy