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Coal’s Front Group Gets A New Name: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)

By Brad Johnson on April 17, 2008 at 9:00 pm

"Coal’s Front Group Gets A New Name: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)"

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ABEC plugAmericans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), the $40 million coal-propaganda front group founded in 2000, is no more. In recent months, youth, environment, and health activists have exposed the dirty secrets of ABEC’s astroturf efforts to attack green-collar jobs and propagandize coal. ABEC and the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) — the trade organization that started the front group — have now become the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE).

That acronym just happens to be remarkably similar to:

  • ACEEE — the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, opposing coal plant construction in Kansas
  • GPACE — the Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy, also leading the fight against coal plant construction in Kansas
  • SACE — the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, opposing coal plant construction in Florida
  • ACE NY — the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, promoting renewable technologies like wind over coal
  • At the Switchboard blog of the National Resources Defense Council — who make the case that “there is no such thing as ‘clean coal’” — Rob Perks notes, “They say a leopard can’t change its spots. That goes double for the sooty paw prints of the coal industry’s well-fed pet.

    H/T Gristmill, who found ACCCE’s “creepy new 60-second ad.”

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