The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a coal industry-funded spin shop, was recently caught playing with the dark side of the force when it came to light that they had paid Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Bonner & Associates to forge letters from local nonprofits to members of Congress asking them to vote against the Waxman Markey climate change bill. Karl wrote about it here
first, I followed up with my two cents the next day
Well, the story has gotten even dirtier.
The caller first claimed that ABEC was an environmental group with no ties to the coal industry and then promised to get back to her supervisor once the NC WARN activist called them out on being the coal lobby.
It's clear that ACCCE is willing to play fast and loose with the law (and with reality). It's not hard to see why -- they get paid to make sure the dirtiest source of energy on the planet keeps a firm grasp on our collective throats (and for some, our literal throats, see coal & asthma
) and wallets. How do you sell a product like coal without stepping over the line? I imagine they get along great with tobacco lobbyists.
And who is going to jail for this? We put people in the clink for way stupider reasons. I wonder where "coal lobby executive" sits on the hierarchy of prison. Putting some of these guys in jail every now and then might actually serve as a deterrent, and we can stop having our democracy hijacked by dirty corporate interests.