Clean Coal is a Hoax, Mr. President, So Drop it

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/18-0

by Jeff Biggers
Published on Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Common Dreams

Out of all the meaningless slogans bantered around this election season, President Obama’s clinging to the “clean coal” banner ranks as one of the most specious.

“Clean coal” is a hoax, and the president knows it, and outside of appeasing a few Midwestern Big Coal sycophants and his Duke Energy coal buddy Jim Rogers, who helped to underwrite the Democratic Convention this summer in Charlotte, Obama has little to gain from invoking the offensive phrase.

You’re offensive, President Obama, to use your own words.

Offensive to coal miners and their families who have paid the ultimate price, offensive to people who live daily with the devastating impacts of coal mining and coal ash in their communities and watersheds, and offensive to anyone who recognizes the spiraling reality of climate change.

If Ameren, one of the biggest coal-supporting utility companies in the nation, can throw in the towel on the FutureGen “clean coal” boondoggle in Obama’s adopted state of Illinois, then why can’t our president at least state the truth during his election — or drop the sloganeering?

It’s sad enough to watch the president mock Republican Mitt Romney for his dead-on realization, once upon a time, that coal-fired plants kill.

It’s even sadder, as our nation drifts along in Titanic denial toward climate destabilization, for our president to crow about being a friend of a deadly rock.

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