Archive for July, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Dale Jr., Business Owner

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.


ACCCE Launches New Ad with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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.”

To view the ad, please visit:

Clean Coal: Essential and Here to Stay

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.

On the Road with ACCCE

Across the country, millions of hard-working Americans rely on coal-based electricity to keep the lights on. In small towns and big cities, we know that coal helps provide the energy to keep your  communities running.

And soon, we’ll be visiting those communities.

ACCCE’s Mobile Classroom is back, and this time, the revamped classroom is full of new materials and information about the importance of coal across the country. The first stop for the classroom this round will be at Ohio’s State Fair.

In a state where nearly 80 percent of the electricity comes from coal, residents depend on the affordable energy from coal. Ohio families spend an estimated 13 percent of their incomes on energy, so low, stable electricity prices matter to those living in the Buckeye State.

And if you happen to go to the Ohio State Fair, be sure to swing by the Mobile Classroom and say hi. We’ve got a lot of great information to share.


Home Grown Energy Can Keep Costs Down

Home grown American energy resources, like coal, are part of the solution for keeping prices down for businesses and families. As former Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan said, “You can’t have the largest and most abundant resource sitting out there and say, ‘We’ll just go ahead in the future and ignore it.’ That is not going to be the case.”

But recently, the Heritage Foundation released a detailed look at the many regulations issued to purposefully reduce coal’s vital role in keeping American energy affordable. This report offers a thoughtful look at the devastating result of the regulatory assault on coal: Higher energy costs.

These higher energy prices will also have rippling effects throughout the economy. As energy prices increase, the cost of making products rises. Higher operating costs for businesses will be reflected in higher prices for consumers. Because everything Americans use and produce requires energy, consumers will take hit after hit.

The consequences of these hastily produced regulations could raise American electricity bills. Luckily, think tanks like the Heritage Foundation aren’t just focused on the negative consequences, but are working to provide thoughtful, actionable ways to prevent regulatory catastrophes:

Congress should overhaul the regulatory approach to coal to create a framework that restricts overregulation, empowers the states, balances economic growth and environmental well-being, and creates a timely permitting process for all aspects of coal production.

As our economy continues to recover, it’s important that the United States rely on the natural resources we have right here at home.

Keeping America Powered

Americans rely on electricity to do more than charge cell phones and power our coffee makers. We need reliable energy sources to keep the lights on across all 50 states, for all 314 million of us.

That’s why the affordable, stable electricity from coal is essential to this country. We need this natural resource—there is more than two centuries of coal in the US—to keep the doors open at small businesses, power our hospitals and keep assembly lines running at manufacturing plants across the country.

Coal-based electricity is one of the least expensive, most reliable means of producing electricity, and it’s a central part of the American energy portfolio. Not only that, coal has a long history of providing energy to Americans.

According to the Department of Energy, Thomas Edison built the first coal-fueled power plant in New York City in 1882. Ever since, America has depended on the affordable, abundant coal that comes from our land and powers our lives. With the energy in America’s coal reserves being roughly equal to the world’s known oil reserves, it’s clear that coal should continue to be a resource for Americans.

Baseload Power: Strong and Stable

In power generation, there are two main types of power: baseload and peaking power. Peaking power is energy that comes on and off throughout the day, responding to electricity usage and energy demand. But, unlike peaking power, baseload power is the energy that keeps the electricity grid flowing consistently and meeting constant demand.

In other words, baseload power is responsible for keeping our country up and running all the time—the power that keeps the lights on at places like hospitals. Hospitals, where lights and equipment are always running, need a reliable source of power to serve patients, families and employees.

Coal is a stable, reliable baseload power. This abundant natural resource—we have more than two centuries worth of coal right here at home—provides the critical energy to keep our communities running.

Not only does baseload power keep our communities up and running, it helps American businesses. Manufacturers need a reliable energy source to power machinery and assembly lines. With a strong source of power, our economy can continue to grow.

The abundance of coal and its strength as a baseload power source make coal essential to the American energy portfolio.

The Stark Truth About Costly Regulations

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power is holding a field hearing in Abingdon, Virginia to examine the impact of the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions.  This costly regulation would require new coal plants to meet emissions standards equivalent to natural gas fueled power plants. This will be costly for customers, but more importantly, these regulations are already costing our fragile economy. As Paul H. Vining, the president of Alpha Natural Resources, testified today regarding new regulations:

What we are experiencing a war on affordable electricity, a significant building block for American prosperity, and it will be American consumers, small businesses, and an already struggling domestic manufacturing sector that will pay the price in the years ahead.

It is tough not to agree. This weekend, the president visited Virginia, a state with many coal jobs, and despite his “all-of-the-above” energy platform, hedid not mention coal. And today, he is heading to Ohio, a state that gets 78 percent of its power from coal-fueled electricity. That helps keep electricity prices low for families, allowing them to spend money on other necessities.

As John N. Voyles, Jr., a vice president for Louisville Gas & Electric and KU Energy, said about the proposed new regulation:

A standard requiring  each  existing coal-fired unit to achieve CO2 reductions equivalent to a  gas-fired unit would likely result in shutdown of virtually all coal-fired units in the nation.  Such a result would wreak havoc with the nation’s energy supply in terms of both cost and reliability.  In the state of Kentucky, and other Midwest states, where  customers obtain more than 90% of their electricity supply from coal-fired generation, the outcome would be disastrous to the economies of those states.

For families that are on a fixed income, these regulations force tough decisions. No family should be forced to decide between paying electricity bills or paying for food. But this is the stark truth about higher electricity costs being forced on Americans. We hope the president hears the tough truths coming out of today’s field hearing, and will speak to the families of Ohio who care deeply about keeping coal as part of the energy mix in order to keep their costs low, and provide for their families.