The most unintentionally ironic ad of 2010: Coal front group compares mining coal to fighting in a war zone

Talk about bad timing.  Just weeks before the most deadly mining disaster in decades, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) “” a front group of big utilities and coal companies — compares mining coal to fighting in Afghanistan:

Yes, well, mining coal is like fighting in a war zone if you are working for Massey (see Deadly Record: Massey’s Montcoal mine cited for 3,000 violations, over $2.2 million in fines and FLASHBACK: Don Blankenship warned West Virginia that he believes in “survival of the fittest”).

As for ACCCE, you may recall from September that the dirty coal group’s 14th forgery impersonated American veterans, whereas real vets support strong action on climate and clean energy “” as does GOP Senator John Warner, former Armed Services Committee chair. The coal industry front group is simply shameless in its phony flag-waving (see In “Act of Despicable Hubris,” coal front group ACCCE exploits veterans groups to push dirty energy agenda).

Continued unrestricted use of dirty coal and oil will destroy the health and well-being of countless Americans — it’s already killing tens of thousands of people today.  True patriots want us to slash fossil fuel use as fast as possible (which is pretty darn fast), see, for instance, New Poll of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Finds Overwhelming Support For Clean Energy Climate Legislation.

Oh and for the record, the Powder River Basin appears to have a lot less economically-recoverable coal than we’ve been led to believe — see WSJ front-page shocker: “U.S. Foresees a Thinner Cushion of Coal,” warns rosy U.S. coal estimates “may be wildly overconfident.”

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5 Responses to The most unintentionally ironic ad of 2010: Coal front group compares mining coal to fighting in a war zone

  1. Chris Dudley says:

    There is wiggle room in the video. Powder River Basin coal has pretty low sulfur content so when he says ‘clean’ he could point to that. And Wyoming has had 10 too many coal mining fatalities since 1996 while WV has had 160 so if this is just about Wyoming he might be OK in saying he is safer than his brother.

    But, the equivalence is a little jarring. Is the war in Afghanistan a war for oil? Then he can say he is doing something in support of the same energy supply mission. If it is about terrorism, then what he does as a job is not related. So, how does the coal lobby think of the war in Afghanistan? Sounds like they are cynics and don’t support the stated mission but would nevertheless like to milk support for the troops for their own financial gain.

  2. mike roddy says:

    When your operation endangers our future, kills people, pollutes the atmosphere, and destroys the land, and you bribe Congress in order to get away with it, paying few taxes- it’s an honest reaction: “What a great country”.

  3. A Siegel says:

    Well … isn’t mining like being in war, a war on the planet’s ability to support human civilization?

  4. Will Greene says:

    Coal is “clean and efficient”? Can’t decide whether to laugh or cry.

  5. Md says:

    Does anyone have any historical analogies/comparisons against the argument: “We have heaps of low-cost coal. Therefore we should just keep digging.” ?

    Something along the lines of the “The Stone Age didn’t end due to a lack of stone” would be good.