Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween from America’s Power

This week, our North Carolina team got in on the holiday festivities by carving a clean coal jack-o-lantern.

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While the team’s jack-o-lantern is lit by candle,  many homes around the country will rely on electric lights as a safe alternative.

Just how much of your state’s electricity comes from coal? Find out.


Striking the Energy Balance

Yesterday, I was a guest on the “Diane Rehm Show” on National Public Radio.

I asked one of the other guests, author Jeff Goodell (who is one of coal’s harshest critics), about renewable energy. Right now, renewables account for a small fraction of our electricity. The Energy Information Administration projects that renewables will account for 12.5 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2030.

Even if you accept the most optimistic projection for renewables… which is that they could account for as much as 30 percent by 2030… where is the other 70 percent of our energy going to come from?

Goodell did not have an answer to that question.

See, we KNOW that electricity demand will be greater in 2030 than it is today. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy predicts it will jump by 29 percent by that time (even as we become more energy efficiency we keep coming up with new things to plug into the wall). So we’ll need MORE electricity, not less.

My question as to where the "other" 70 percent is going to come from drives the point that America will need all of its available energy resources including coal.


Now Online: Meeting America’s Demand for Energy

If you missed last Thursday’s webinar, "Meeting America’s Demand for Energy," you’re in luck—the full webinar is now available online.

Tune in to learn about the energy issues facing the next administration and what needs to be done to overcome these challenges.


Palin: $2 Billion Needed for Annual Clean Coal R&D

Gov. Sarah Palin called for an investment of $2 billion per year for clean coal research and development during her speech in Toledo, OH this morning. The $2 billion annual R&D investment is also supported by Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain.

As we grow ever closer to November 4, we're happy to see that the candidates' support of clean coal hasn't waned.

Read more about Gov. Palin's speech on energy security over at The Caucus


Joe…the Clean Coal Guy

Our street team got up close and personal with one very important person in the 2008 presidential campaign: Joe the plumber clean coal fan!

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Sarah Palin to Speak on Energy Policy

Sarah Palin will make her second policy speech tomorrow in Toledo, Ohio. According to New York Times blog, The Caucus, Palin will focus on energy security.

Energy security is an important subject here at America’s Power, and we can’t wait to hear what she says. Stay tuned.

Related:
National Security: What’s Coal Got to do with It?


Joe Biden Supports Clean Coal

Towards the end of last week, Sen. Joe Biden put a finer point on his support of clean coal by signing one of our clean coal hats. The senator also posed with one of our Virginia street team members at a rally in Suffolk this past Saturday.

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With just nine days left in the campaign, we still don't know who will be running the country, but we know what will: American coal

Related:
Where the Candidates Stand on Clean Coal


Pennsylvanians for Clean Coal

This week, we talked with some clean coal fans at a John McCain rally in Harrisburg, PA. Here’s what they had to say:

For weeks, we’ve been talking with people across the country about the benefits of clean coal. Visit Citizens for Clean Coal to watch more videos, and chime in on the conversation.