Since early this year, the Obama administration continues to stress the importance of having an all-of-the-above energy policy. Yet despite its status as America’s dominant source of energy, coal is continually left off the president’s list. ACCCE President and CEO, Steve Miller, recently spoke about the environmental progress coal has made and why it’s imperative we keep affordable, reliable electricity from coal at the forefront of an all-of-the-above energy policy.
America is home to an abundance of domestic energy resources—including coal reserves that exceed that of any other country. As Steve says, President Obama “has the right rhetoric” about energy policy, but when listing energy sources, he regrettably continues to exclude coal.
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Over the last four decades, regulated emissions from coal-fueled plants have been reduced by nearly 90 percent. With the coal industry investing $100 billion to significantly reduce emissions—and $125 billion by 2015— research and innovation continue to contribute to these decreasing emissions.
Not only that, clean coal technology is providing thousands of jobs across the country. Just take a look at the John W. Turk, Jr. Plant, currently under construction. Upon its completion, it’s estimated that the plant will have supported at least 1,500 construction jobs. When the plant comes online, it will provide stable, affordable power to more than 500,000 residents of Arkansas and Louisiana—while being one of the cleanest, most efficient coal-fueled plants in the country.
Check out the video below to learn more about how clean coal technology works, and keep up to date with the Turk Plant here.
ACCCE to Sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports at Key Races
WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today announced its first-ever sponsorship of a NASCAR team, JR Motorsports, the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Under the sponsorship, JR Motorsports cars will feature ACCCE logos, and members of the race team will be working with ACCCE to inform and educate Americans about the importance of coal and clean coal technology.
“Coal is America’s power, and we’re excited to be sponsoring one of America’s most successful sports teams,” said Evan Tracey, senior vice president for communications of ACCCE. “Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his team are one of the elite groups in racing and we’re proud to be partnering with them to continue to raise awareness of the importance of coal.”
Over this summer and fall, ACCCE’s team will be traveling to races and participating in events with drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Cole Whitt. In addition, ACCCE’s logos will appear on the team’s cars.
ACCCE will have associate sponsorship placement on Whitt’s car starting this week at Richmond International Raceway and continuing through the remainder of the season. ACCCE will be an associate sponsor on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5.
“NASCAR is a great way for ACCCE to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk to JR Motorsports fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean,” said Tracey.
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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