#7 Variety: Coen Brothers Make New Anti-Clean Coal Spot
Again, a misapprehension of the Big O maneuvering:
But even President Obama mentioned clean coal in his speech before Congress on Tuesday. … He pledged to invest “fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America.”
You’ve got an entrenched industrial-political energy complex plus the co-morbidities of the economy, Iraq yada… What would you do? Sound the alarm bells at the soonest possible time that you were going to fuck over a doggedly entrenched industry? Or under O M.O. steps 1 & 2 keep reassuring them that you’re interested in their CCS all the while putting the burden of proof on them to come through. Oh what’s this? You never really spent any money on research and rather hedged your bets the money would be best spent on a propaganda campaign? Oh, well we’d even be open to forgive the wasted funds on the marketing effort, but whadaya know, you’ve squandered your opportunity to demonstrate that we should fund what you want. That’s something you must be accountable for. This flew under Bush, but no more: actions and choices have consequences.
#6 LA Times: Coen brothers’ TV ad ridicules ‘clean coal’
The ad is humorous, but the stakes are serious. … Coal is the bedrock of U.S. electricity generation. About half of the nation’s power is supplied by 600 coal-burning plants. The fuel is reliable, cheap and plentiful. The U.S. possesses about one-quarter of the planet’s coal reserves. … But some scientists say that weaning the world off coal is crucial to slowing the devastating effects of climate change.
Bravo, no bogus false equivalence and giving the other side “equal time.”
#6 Runner-up – Newsweek: Coen brothers take aim at ‘clean coal’ in TV ad
For linking back to the awesome FactCheck.org article
#5 Guardian: Coen brothers target US coal industry
Big Points for mentioning the burgeoning context of anti-coal civil disobedience happening right now. Hard to miss. I guess you’d have to be in another country to not… never mind.
Some 10,000 young people are set to descend on Washington at the weekend to demand that America reduce its dependence on coal. The event is designed to put pressure on Congress as it drafts new energy legislation this spring.