Earlier this week, blogger Kevin Grandia posted an entry on several Web sites including the Huffington Post in which he says that our media partners did not disclose that cleancoalusa.org belongs to ACCCE.
Grandia had been looking at a memo referring to work that had taken place years ago, back when that site was run by the Coal-Based Generation Stakeholders (CBGS) — a now-defunct organization that was distinct from ACCCE. We control that site now and are as transparent as possible about who our members are.
Grandia didn't ask us for clarification before posting his blog entry, but our new vice president of media relations, Lisa Miller, sent him a note explaining the issue. I've pasted it below:
It’s too bad you didn’t check with us before publishing your blog entry. We could have cleared up the confusion you have about ACCCE and the CleanCoalUSA site.You said we don’t list who owns CleanCoalUSA, but we list the entire membership on the site: http://www.cleancoalusa.org/docs/members/
You reference a memo from R&R Partners that is years old and involves the original owners of the site CleanCoalUSA site, a now-defunct group called the Coal-Based Generation Stakeholders (CBGS).
While CBGS had many of the same members as ACCCE has today, the membership list was not identical. When the America’s Power campaign, led by ACCCE, began in 2007, the need for CBGS went away and they dissipated.
I hope that clears things up. Looking forward to working together in the future.
Lisa Camooso Miller
ACCCE Vice President, Media Relations