"When party activists gathered in Chicago to nominate Bill Clinton to a second term in 1996, Mr. Obama was making his first run for political office, but he did not have enough clout to get full access to the convention. Instead, he concluded that high-dollar breakfasts and dinners seemed to lock voters out of the system, grousing to a reporter, "The convention's for sale, right?" New York Times, August 27th, 2008.
Dirty Coal certainly thinks the Democratic convention is for sale.
On the ground sources at the Democratic National Convention are telling us that people aren't buying the clean coal propaganda being shoveled out by a major coal industry front group at the event.
People attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week are the target of a $2 million advertising and PR blitz by a coal industry-funded front group called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) whose goal is to sell the idea that coal is somehow clean.
The head of the largest privately-owned coal company in the world, Peabody Energy, admitted to his company’s support of the massive green-washing project by the coal industry in a USA Today article today.
Want to find out how much coal money your legislators are taking from an industry that has buried more than 1000 miles of streams, and destroyed more than 470 mountaintops in Central Appalachia alone?
The public isn’t buying the coal lobby’s high-priced ad campaign.
They know that coal is dirty and has remained so for the last century. But it seems to be falling on deaf ears amongst our politicians in Washington, D.C.
If you're interested in joining forces with an anti-coal group in your hometown, here's a great resource listing all of the groups working against the development of new coal plants.
Also check out this great site calling for a moratorium on the construction of new coal plants.