Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where Else Could You Find a Breakdancing Newt?

Yesterday, LCV launched a new web video asking the question to key figures fighting against clean energy and climate legislation: So You Think You Can Dance Around the Issue of Clean Energy?

The video asks the question of House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, our favorite cable news bellyacher Glenn Beck, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN). Don't forget to vote for your favorite roadblock to clean energy.

And, if you pay close attention, you may spot a shout out to one of your favorite blogs...


Impersonating A Soldier? Only ACCCE

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is turning into a laughingstock right now. Except that the most recent revelation about the group's activities really is no laughing matter.

We reported before that forged letters had been discovered claiming to be from the Charlottesville branch of the NAACP and from the Virginia Hispanic group Creciendo Juntos.

Now Congressional investigators have announced the discovery of a 14th forged letter, again directed at Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello. This time the signor of the letter claimed to be a military veteran representing an American Legion post in Rocky Mountain, VA. Of course, the ACCCE finds it difficult to be accountable, and even managed to take a modicum of credit (via The Washington Post):
Lisa Camooso Miller, a spokeswoman for the coal group, said that it had brought the letter to the committee's attention in the first place, after an internal investigation could not confirm it was legitimate. But she said the group is still not certain the letter is fake, even after talking to the person whose signature is on it.
In impersonating the military, the lobby firm hired by the ACCCE, Bonner & Associates has shown contempt and disrespect for selfless individuals that serve this country.

Fortunately, the last laugh is on them.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ACCCE Still Falling Apart

The hits just keep on comin' for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE).

Today Alstom Power, a French power plant manufacturer, announced it was leaving the utility coalition.

You'll recall that this is not the first defection from the group, which found itself in the middle of some controversy when a subcontractor sent forged letters up to the Hill.

Last week Duke Energy also left the crumbling group out of concern for its practices.

We're concerned about the groups practices too, but apparently the members have figured it out.

Valero's Boldness Doesn't Blunt Blatant Lies

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: large oil company backs group that lies in opposition to clean energy legislation. So, in a bizarre sense, we credit Valero Energy Corporation for their honesty: the San Antonio-based oil giant has cut out the middle man and has launched a blatant campaign against clean energy and climate legislation in their retail outlets.

Not only is Valero not even trying to hide their opposition, a tactic many two-faced Big Oil outfits have traditionally employed (cough, Exxon, cough), they aren’t even hiding why: money.

Because of how dirty the refining and shipping practices of Valero are, the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act would require the company to pay for the right to pollute the air and water we all share, instead of passing the health and actual costs on to you, the consumer.
The Valero site states that ACES will cost Americans jobs and investment in oil will, one of the most volatile industries in the world, will do the market more good. Reality check: (via Media Matters Action Network):
Valero Energy Corporation has launched a new anti-clean energy website aiming to derail cap-and-trade legislation. Unsurprisingly, the oil company relies on misleading talking points to distract from the facts.

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“Investment in Clean Energy Technology Creates FOUR TIMES As Many Jobs As An Investment In Oil & Gas. According to the Center for American Progress, "spending $1 million on energy efficiency and renewable energy produces a much larger expansion of employment than spending the same amount on fossil fuels or nuclear energy. Among fossil fuels, job creation in coal is about 32 percent greater than that for oil and natural gas. The employment creation for energy efficiency-retrofitting and mass transit-is 2.5 times to four times larger than that for oil and natural gas. With renewable energy, the job creation ranges between 2.5 times to three times more than that for oil and gas." [Center for American Progress, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]”
Not only that, but this is already happening as renewable manufacturing takes hold in our economy:
“Investment In Renewable Energy Has Already Salvaged Many Manufacturing Facilities Closed During Economic Downturn. Across America, factories and plants abandoned by the old economy have been re-tooled and re-opened to satisfy the growing demand for new energy technologies. For instance, once hopeless manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan have re-energized their communities by creating jobs and leading the charge toward a new energy future. [Bloomberg, 4/2/09; Star Tribune, 4/22/09; Grand Rapids Press, 3/6/08]”
So while Big Oil pumped out the lies for itself this time, remember their goal is united: to continue to emit pollution for free at the expense of our health, our national security and 21st century clean energy economy.