Coal Carolers are
getting a lot of attention around the Internet this week. I'm not
surprised that people who don't think coal has any place in America's
energy future don't seem to appreciate the clean coal carolers.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, for example, didn't like the the use of "Silent Night" in our original group of songs.
I'll put my years as a Sunday school teacher, church deacon and church musician up against just about anybody else when it comes to understanding hymnology and respect for religious traditions.
That said, before we even received one response to our blog, we decided to remove the "Silent Night" tune from the Clean Coal Caroler feature.
That's not to say that we agree with Rachel Maddow's claim that it was inappropriate. It is merely a recognition that the facts of promoting energy independence, keeping energy costs affordable and investing in new technologies to make coal an even cleaner energy option is so important, we don't want there to be any impediment for getting that message out.
But remember that this cuts both ways. So you might want to be sure that we'll make our list and check it twice for things we might find offensive too.