Archive for August, 2008

Gustav on our minds

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Hey there. We’ve arrived in the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention. We’re excited to be here, but with the nation’s attention properly focused on Hurricane Gustav… we’re going to use this opportunity to galvanize support for national service.

We’ll be helping out the Red Cross and other groups that will be providing service in the preparation and/or the aftermath of the Gulf Coast storm. We’re glued to the Weather Channel, and like the rest of the country… we’re hoping for the best but fearing the worst.


I’m a clean coal fan

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Well, there we were at Invesco Field last night. Barack Obama was about to give his big speech, when we ran into Cynthia Harris of Huntsville, Ala., who was proudly cooling herself with an America’s Power fan.

Our street teams had been handing them out all week, and it was nice to see so many people using them at Invesco Field!


Barack Obama’s speech

In front of an estimated 84,000 people at Invesco Field tonight, Barack Obama said:

"As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

We were encouraged to hear Obama, now officially his party’s nominee, commit to a platform that supports the funding of clean coal technology.

Now it’s time to head to the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention. We can’t wait to see if they agree.


Barack Obama’s speech

In front of an estimated 84,000 people at Invesco Field tonight, Barack Obama said:

"As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

We were encouraged to hear Obama, now officially his party’s nominee, commit to a platform that supports the funding of clean coal technology.

Now it’s time to head to the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention. We can’t wait to see if they agree.


Wrapping up in Denver

We’ve had a lot of fun this week talking to people at
the Democratic National Convention. At one point, you couldn’t walk down
Denver’s 16th Street
pedestrian mall without seeing all kinds of folks with clean coal fans or
drinking water with the ACCCE logo on it.

Of course, not
everyone was supportive – and since this is the Democratic Convention, we even
encountered a celebrity who fit that category.

Darryl Hannah (of
Splash fame) approached one of our
street team members and politely whispered to her, “(clean coal) it’s a myth.”

That’s not true.

Clean coal
denotes a
suite of real,
working technologies used to reduce emissions in the coal-based electricity
sector
. Constantly
evolving technology will allow for additional emissions reductions – including the
capture and storage of carbon.

Every credible
forecast shows that we will continue to use coal for centuries to come. That’s
why we’re in Denver telling folks how important clean coal technology is to America

We
know that 100 percent emission-free coal is a work in progress. But instead of
dwelling on the problem, join us in finding the solution.

 


Unity

The theme yesterday at the Democratic National Convention was national security, but the other message of the day was unity.

On this site, we talk about how America’s abundant coal reserves helps promote energy independence and helps secure our nation. But in the theme of unity, I also want to point out something that we always say time and time again:

We believe that we will need all of America’s domestic resources to meet our growing energy needs and protect our energy security.


Jay Rockefeller’s speech

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With Joe Biden and former President Clinton speaking tonight, some other speakers got lost in the mix. One such person was Sen. Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.).
Here’s what Rockefeller had to say:

"We need a leader who will re-establish America as an energy superpower by pursuing every resource at our disposal: alternative fuels, drilling and our most abundant domestic resource, tomorrow’s clean coal."

Surprise, surprise… we agree.


On the bus

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All week, we’ve been shuttling Democratic delegates to various events around Denver. (We’ll be doing the same thing next week in the Twin Cities.)

Today, our team rode the shuttle bus with Illinois delegation. We chatted with delegate Jacqueline Y. Collins, who is a state senator from the 16th district of Illinois. As you can see in the picture, she is proudly wearing an Obama: Clean Coal pin. In fact, so was everyone on the bus.

Thank you to the delegations from all across the country for proudly spreading the message on our commitment to clean.

 

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