On the date of the West Virginia primary, CNN senior business correspondent Ali Velshi appeared throughout the morning and afternoon, waving a lump of coal. In one segment yesterday morning, Velshi described the coal-to-liquids process:
It is a cleaner burning fuel in the end — now I get in a lot of trouble when I say this, because the blogs go nuts on this — I didn’t say coal was clean. I said that the fuel that is derived from coal happens to be a very clean-burning fuel. What happens prior to when it becomes gasoline can be very dirty.
As the Wonk Room reported, on April 25, Velshi said:
You see the signs for clean coal, 99 percent clean. I’m not 99 percent clean when I get out of the shower. . . I just look clean.
And then yesterday afternoon Velshi got excited:
Most people think of coal as a relatively dirty thing. You may have seen the ads on TV for 99.9% clean coal, that’s clean coal technology. Bottom line is people are split on the cleanliness of coal.
There are, in fact, no such ads, because even the coal industry isn’t willing to be that misleading about coal. Velshi seems to be confusing coal propaganda with the classic Ivory Soap slogan, “99 and 44/100% pure.”
- Soot, arsenic, mercury, and acid rain pollution from coal
- Studies on the financial risks involved in new coal plants
- Mountaintop removal mining practices
- The amount of money CNN is getting from the coal industry
- The call from scientists for a moratorium on new coal-plant production
- Renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, and hydropower
- Energy efficiency
- Developing transportation alternatives
- How coal executives have corrupted politicians
- The amount of money polluters spend to lobby Congress
- Labor practices in the coal-mining industry
- Increasing fuel economy standards
- Poverty and pollution in coal country
- The costs of ignoring global warming
Velshi’s email address is email@example.com.