Much like a driver on the track, America needs the best tools and team to succeed. Luckily, we have them right here within our borders—with coal. With an affordable natural resource like coal, and an ambitious and determined community of small business owners across the country, America is poised to be on the road to recovery.
In order for this country to succeed, small businesses have to stay afloat in tough economic times. That means us working together to make sure that companies can thrive and deliver resources at a reasonable cost.
Our partners at JR Motorsports know firsthand what it means to be victorious, both on the race track and in the business. Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows that affordable power is important and necessary to keep a successful business running.
We count on small businesses like JR Motorsports to fuel America’s economy, and businesses count on coal to keep electricity prices low and budgets on track.
Watch our new video, featuring Dale Jr., and see how JR Motorsports relies on affordable, reliable power from coal.
Ad Spotlights Importance of Coal-Fueled Electricity
WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today announced the launch of a new ad featuring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The new campaign will air TV and radio ads nationally.
“In my company, the cars run on gas, but the business runs on electricity. That’s why I have been learning about how coal keeps electricity prices down, and that keeps the lights on and people working, which keeps companies like mine out in front,” says Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the ad.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity announced its first-ever sponsorship of a NASCAR team, JR Motorsports, the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. this Spring. Under the sponsorship, JR Motorsports cars feature ACCCE logos, and members of the race team, including Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Cole Whitt are working with ACCCE to inform and educate Americans about the importance of coal and clean coal technology.
“America’s families and business rely on affordable and reliable coal,” said Evan Tracey, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “These new ads will draw America’s attention to coal’s importance as a domestic energy source to power our economy – from manufacturing to motorsports and everything in between.”
On Friday, the Los Angeles Times ran an opinion piece on the future of coal. One thing remains clear: coal-based electricity is vital to our country’s energy needs today and will remain so well into the future. That’s a fact: From 1970 to 2011, emissions of major pollutants from coal-fueled power plants have been reduced by nearly 90 percent per unit of electricity generated. Coal is not only one of the most abundant sources of energy in the United States, it’s enriching societies around the world by providing affordable, inexpensive electricity where it previously was unavailable:
Coal is helping meet the world’s electricity demands for a simple reason: It’s cheap, thanks to the fact that deposits are abundant, widely dispersed, easily mined and not controlled by any OPEC-like cartels. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, from 1999 through 2010, coal cost about half as much per BTU as the next cheapest fuel, natural gas.
As a report from the World Coal Association states, “Access to energy is essential to addressing the problems that cause poverty. After food and shelter, energy is one of the fundamentals of modern society. Without energy, people cannot access the opportunities provided by the modern world.”
Coal fuels affordable energy in the United States, and it is helping do the same around the world. According to the World Coal Association, 1.3 billion people live without electricity. Coal is essential to creating economic opportunity where none may have existed. In the United States, coal helps keep electricity costs low, prices stable, and helps keeps the doors open at businesses around the country. That’s where we stand: Coal is the fuel of economic development, both at home and around the world. And it’s here to stay.
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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Robert M. "Mike" Duncan President & CEO
Mike Duncan is the president and CEO for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the use of coal – a proven American energy source that keeps electricity affordable and reliable for millions of American families and businesses. In this role, he leads ACCCE’s efforts to keep coal at the forefront of energy policy in America and informs and educates for coal in Congress, statehouses and in communities all across the country.
He comes to ACCCE with a background and commitment to coal and clean coal technology. Serving on the campaigns of five U.S. presidents and working with elected officials at every level and in all political parties, he has served as board member and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority; assistant director of the Office of Public Liaison in The White House; chairman of the American Crossroads 527 committee; and chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has served in various roles with the U.S.-China High Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the Center for Rural Development.
Duncan is chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank in Eastern Kentucky and has served with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati branch and the Kentucky Bankers Association. A resident of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, he holds degrees from Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Evan Tracey Former 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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Steve Gates Former 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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