Clean Coal Girls Explain Clean Coal Technology

by: Matt Stoller

Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 13:11


This blog post is proudly powered by clean coal technology and is cross-posted at Dailykos.

Ubiquitous at the conventions are the 'clean coal' girls, who are handing out buttons and t-shirts to convince people that clean coal is a necessary technology we have to use for a secure energy future.  If you don't know what clean coal is, allow me to explain.    

The process of scrubbing carbon out of coal starts with a free t-shirt, like this one.

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Matt Stoller :: Clean Coal Girls Explain Clean Coal Technology

Before I put on this free t-shirt, coal was a dirty polluting fossil fuel that was destroying the planet and leveling mountains and communities all over the country.  Putting on this free t-shirt started a process whereby coal, when combined with words such as 'technology' and 'plentiful domestic supplies', has become 'clean coal', an essential element of a secure energy future.

But don't take my word for it, I did an interview with the girls handing out the t-shirts.  They go even deeper into the technological underpinnings of clean coal.

And there we have it.  Simple.  Clean.  Secure.  Clean coal.


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Clean Coal Girls? ... (4.00 / 1)
They look more like women to me .. or were you overcome by Slummy Joe's spell last night?

Palin Logic Applied Here (4.00 / 1)
The fact that you're ridiculing these girls for being ignorant on topics they claim expertise in just proves that you're a sexist.

they're not ignorant (4.00 / 4)
they're mavericks with a fresh take on the issues uncorrupted by years in Washington!  

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The slogan on the shirt (4.00 / 1)
Is really what the effort is all about.  So you can "feel better" about using fossil fuels and ignoring climate change.  Not that you do anything about it, just feel better.

I thought us DFHs were all into the soft politics of feelings and emotion.


What's Your Problem? (4.00 / 4)
Didn't you read the website the girls point to?

"we're investing in the new technologies that will make coal an even cleaner energy option"

EVEN CLEANER! Can't you read? That means its already super clean. God. You idiots.

"experts agree that we can safely store CO2 safely underground - putting the CO2 back where it came from."

EXPERTS AGREE! you stupid hippie fanatics. What's you energy plan backed by? "Stupids agree"? Good plan losers.

Michael Bloomberg, prince of corporate welfare


Totally off topic but there is no open thread (4.00 / 2)
An image from the NYTimes that just went up - the focus is on Bristol and Levi which the McCain team put center for this meet and greet at the airport in StP/Min. But I think the really priceless moment of this, is Cindy McCain decked to the 9s over on the right.

CC Devil is that you?!

NJ ur doing it right! LOL!

Michael Bloomberg, prince of corporate welfare


typed too fast (0.00 / 0)
DeVille

duh.

Michael Bloomberg, prince of corporate welfare


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I'll bet Levi had to go buy some new clothes (0.00 / 0)
That's going to be quite a culture clash between Cindy and the Palin clan.  Alaskan are not known for dressing well, and jeans are accepted at even high-end restaurants in Anchorage. Hell, hip waders are not uncommon in downtown Anchorage (there's a river with salmon right next to the main downtown drag on 4th st)

end the occupation of Iraq

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What is John doing to that poor little girl? (0.00 / 0)


"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


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wave to the nice media (4.00 / 1)
Wave, dammit!

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don't forget the radioactivity! (4.00 / 3)
The biggest source of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere is from burning coal.

In the past year in the US alone, about 1600 tons of Uranium (including 22,000+ lbs of highly radioactive uranium-235), and 4000 pounds of high radioactive thorium was released into our air through the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants.

These tiny particles can seat themselves deep in the lungs, the most damaging possible place for a radioactive particle.  If you want less radiation in your diet, on average, then you should support nuclear power plants!

"Americans living near coal-fired power plants are exposed to higher radiation doses than those living near nuclear power plants that meet government regulations"

This article is a bit dated, and we're burning about twice as much coal per year now as we were in 1982.  Coal hasn't gotten any cleaner, though, and there are still traces of almost every element in the coal seams that are burned en masse.

Bonus is that because of the half-life of the radioactive particles, this ionizing radiation will be around for generations.

Clean coal, my ass!

end the occupation of Iraq


I met them too!! (0.00 / 0)
While all of us DFH were waiting in 90 degree weather to get into the first taping of The Daily Show at the University of Denver, they happen to come along with free fans and water for us!  With "the future of clean coal" logos splattered all over them.

Even better - almost everyone took them without without a thought.

Until she asked me and I said "Coal!!??!! You are pushing clean coal!" (if anyone has seen the clip of Elizabeth Taylor saying "Marr-iage!" in an incredulous tone - then you know exactly how I responded)

The gal got a little put off, and just said "It's a free fan".  I said "no".  

My husband laughed and handled it much better by telling everyone in line they better hold onto to the free fans if we are going to turn to coal to solve our energy crisis.  


In Denver (0.00 / 0)
some of the clean-coal girls were passing out fans with the clean coal logo on it.  

Fans.  

Objects that use wind to create energy.

Insert shameless blog promotion here.


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