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Affordable energy: critical to small businesses and local economies

Recently, team Indiana attended local Indiana Kiwanis club meetings where they talked to Kiwanians about the importance of affordable energy to families and businesses in the state.

Given that Kiwanis’ history is steeped in enriching communities–a mission that has spread to 8,000 clubs in 96 countries—it’s no surprise that the groups were eager to hear from our teams, even allowing them to take up the podium and run much of the meetings.

Just take a look:

At one such meeting, the team spoke with Kiwanis member Mary Eckhart who said we need affordable energy “in these hard times when families are really struggling just to pay their regular bills, if we have energy bills that continue to climb…it’s going to be very hard for them to be able to pay them and exist well in their families.”

Olivia Albright—one of three Americans we’re profiling in our new webisodes—knows all about the stresses that come with tough economic times and higher energy bills.
Olivia owns and operates a small business in Toledo, Ohio that depends on affordable electricity to run machines throughout the day (and sometimes into the night)—and leave her enough money to pay her staff.

Olivia has big dreams for her small business, and one of them is providing health insurance for her employees. As you’ll hear her say in her webisodes, she won’t be able to provide these benefits if her energy bills increase.

Low-cost energy truly is a thread that connects our families, business and economies. It’s my hope that this tie becomes clearer to you as you get to know Olivia, Fred, Venita and all the other Americans who are sharing their stories with us from across the country.


The impacts of high-priced energy

Recently, the Ohio team stopped in the town of Wooster where they spoke with residents about the potential impact of higher-priced energy in their town.

Said one small business owner, “It’s me trying to figure out how to get that extra little slice out of my customer who’s facing the same issues when their electricity [rate] goes up.”

No one understands this better than Olivia Albright. She relies on affordable energy to run her small business a few hours North in Toledo. In fact, she told us that she currently can’t afford health insurance for her employees—a goal she’s working toward, but would likely be thwarted by higher energy costs.

What would you have to sacrifice if your energy costs went up? Keeping low-cost coal in our energy mix is one way to ensure that we don’t have to worry about answering that question.


Talking Affordable Energy in Ohio and Missouri

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Yesterday was a big day for Team Missouri — they started at the State Capitol building in St. Charles and ended at the Cardinal's game in St. Louis.

The team discovered that many people in the Show-Me State are concerned with their rising electricity prices and want to know why coal is an important aspect to the state's energy mix — which of course, the team was happy to answer. Coal provides 82 percent of Missouri's electricity, and if coal was removed from the energy mix, the state could lose 317,000 jobs by 2015.

Team Missouri even met a few folks who had never heard of clean coal before!

Meanwhile, Team Ohio reached out to families at Licking County's Hartford Fair, dubbed "the biggest little fair in the world." Locals agreed that the way to keep jobs in Ohio was by supporting clean coal technology.

The team even overheard a high school student tell her friends they should wear the affordable energy hats our team was handing out because "coal for electricity is good, and work should be done to make it green."

Keep up the good work, teams!

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On the campaign trail in Athens and Lancaster, Ohio

                                    

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

Note: While ABEC does not endorse any of the presidential
candidates, we are stopping by as many campaign events as we can to
spread the message of our commitment to clean.

Our third day in Ohio was extremely successful — and still extremely
cold. We started the day in Athens, where former President Clinton was
speaking on behalf of his wife Hillary.

The event grew a crowd of about 500-700 people. The line started
extremely early and we were able to spend over an hour and a half
canvassing the crowd. Our shirts, hats, and pens were a huge hit as was
our discussions about clean coal.

We handed out over 150 shirts, 100 hats, over 400 pens and tons of
campaign print material. We heard many different stories of people
whose fathers or brothers or that they themselves worked in the mines.
While their stories varied, one thing was consistent—they all supported
clean coal.

We were also able to touch base with some of the local media. We dropped by Athens News before the event and were able to speak with their reporter at the event. We also stopped by the Athens Messenger and WOUB radio to talk about the clean coal mission.

                               


The Latest from Lancaster

            
   
   
      

 

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

Note: While ABEC does not endorse any of the presidential
candidates, we are stopping by as many campaign events as we can to
spread the message of our commitment to clean.

Here’s the latest dispatch from our team in Ohio:

After we hit the Athens local media outlets, we quickly headed to
Lancaster which is about a 45 minute drive. Luckily for us, Bill
Clinton was running late so the more than 600 people in attendance were
lined up and anxious.

We were able to provide them with good reading material and
conversation for their wait in line. Everyone loved the pens and
stickers like usual, but they were all extremely talkative and informed
about coal. It is clear that Ohioans have a long history with the coal
industry and understand its importance.

We were even able to provide some warmth to a little boy in need (see
picture). It was a very successful day spreading the word about coal’s
impact on Ohio!.


Our Clean Coal Team Visits The Ohio River

                                    

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

Louisville’s Polar Bear Plunge is a strange tradition. It’s an annual
fundraiser for Special Olympics in which a couple thousand people
committed to charity – or in much more need of actually being
committed! – jump into the Ohio River.

Luckily for the cold participants, we provided them with a handy "Clean Coal" t-shirt to wear when they popped out of the water.

We handed out about 1,300 t-shirts in two hours at this event

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

                               


Dispatch from Cleveland, Ohio

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Note: While ABEC does not endorse any of the presidential
candidates, we are stopping by as many campaign events as we can to
spread the message of our commitment to clean.

We came to Barack Obama’s rally at the Cleveland Convention Center and
capitalized on the Obama fervor by handing out clean coal materials to
his long line of supporters.

All of the attendees were extremely receptive and eagerly took our handouts, t-shirts and hats — we gave out over 400 shirts.

                               


Clean Coal Hits The Open Road

                                    

Where do I even begin?

In advance of our activities in Ohio, our America’s Power vans have
been working their way to the Buckeye State, spreading the message
about American coal along the way.

Some of us spent Tuesday in Wichita, Kansas, where we handed out
packets to the city’s Chamber of Commerce and chatted up the editorial
staff at the Wichita Eagle and Wichita Business Journal.

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

Meanwhile, one of our vans was in Salt Lake City, where we talked to a
local news reporter in front of the state capitol building (see above
photo). We also visited with students at the University of Utah,
including the staff at the school newspaper, The Chronicle.

From there, we stopped in Brighton, Colo., to meet with a reporter at the Brighton Blade. Then we headed to Commerce City, Colo., to meet with Norm Union of the Commerce City Beacon. He asked us for a shirt, and we left him with information on clean coal.

In Denver, we handed out information to about 60 people in front of the
capitol building and the Denver Mint. We also stopped by the Colorado
State University campus and handed out t-shirts and talked to about 80
students. We also visited with Jared from the student radio station.

While all of this was happening, we had another America’s Power van
working its way through Virginia. It stopped in Richmond before
traveling 200 miles to Roanoke, making stops in Waynesboro and Stauton.

      
   
       
   
                   
            
   
   
      

 

Reporters were interested in the van (see above), and we did an interview with Kathy Still of the Bristol Herald Courier and Velden Hill of WWVA-TV, the local NBC affiliate. The TV interview will air tonight.

By the way, near Wytheville, Va., the interstate highway system
presented us with what appears to be a geographic impossibility.
Whether through a polar anomaly or an actual rip in the space-time
continuum, we suddenly found ourselves traveling both north and south
at the same time. Take a look: