Don’t you just love it when things work out the way you want them to?
This morning we armed 30 Santas with stockings full of coal and sent
them to Capitol Hill to pay a visit to busy congressional staffers who
have apparently been very good this year!
The Santa posse hit all the congressional office buildings, plus the
Union Station and Capitol South Metro stops with our message that coal
for Christmas is actually a GOOD thing. We hope that this event will
make people understand that coal is affordable, reliable and a good
gift for both the economy AND the environment.
We were a little worried about how our Santas would be received, but
they were a big hit. Everyone loved the stockings and coal-shaped
chocolate that Santa handed out from his sack and many people decided
the skip the lines at the mall this season and have their pictures
taken with Santa right there on the street.
Not being the type of person to stay in one place too long (he does
travel the entire world in one night) our Santas also dropped by
presidential campaign offices in South Carolina, Nevada and Iowa to
spread our holiday message of energy independence!
Perhaps Santa handed some coal to you himself. Or perhaps you saw the coverage in The Hill newspaper
We’re happy Santa could take some time out of his busy schedule to
drive a point. Energy security and the environment are important things
to many Americans, and by continuing to invest in technologies to
further improve the environmental capability of our nation’s most
abundant energy resource helps to satisfy the wishes of a lot of folks
who have been good all year long.
Thanks again Santa, and happy holidays to everyone.
Does everyone know what they want for the holidays? In case you missed it, we all got an early present this year. Today the FutureGen Alliance announced that they have selected Mattoon, Illinois, as the place where energy history will be made.
For the record, FutureGen is a public-private venture, which includes companies from around the world and the U.S. Department of Energy, and
was formed in 2003 to design and test technology required to turn coal into a gas that can be stripped of harmful emissions, then burned to
produce electricity and hydrogen.
FutureGen’s most ambitious goal is to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground permanently. When you hear us say that technology is
changing the way we will produce energy, FutureGen is the perfect example of what we’ve been saying.
So join me in applauding the 18,000 residents of Mattoon. They will be firsthand witnesses to how public-private partnerships can change the
way we approach and solve any issues the energy sector faces.
Note: While ABEC does not endorse any of the presidential
candidates, we are stopping by as many campaign events as we can to
spread the message of our commitment to clean.
Here is a dispatch from the Iowa Power Van, which dropped by the Republican debate in Des Moines on Wednesday.
We’re making good strides in getting the candidates to talk about how clean coal should play a part in America’s energy future.
In the last few days, ABEC members attended Iowa events with John
Edwards, Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Winter weather has hit Iowa, but it is not slowing the pace of campaigning.
The clean coal van continues to log miles in the snow and ice and
has become a recognizable element at campaign events. It even made an
appearance at Friday’s annual Iowa Farm Bureau Dinner where Fred
Thompson was the guest speaker.
ABEC members also voiced support for sensible energy policies in a news
release that was distributed to daily and weekly papers in the state.