Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Coal group misrepresents veterans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM

When will they stop lying?

The coal front group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity has been in hot water lately for employing an astroturf group that forged letters to Congress opposing the House climate bill—and then for possibly lying under oath about their position. Now ACCCE is in trouble again—for misrepresenting the views of two major veterans groups in an email hyping coal's role in energy security.

The email, sent in anticipation of Veterans' Day, argues that coal can play a vital role in reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and cites two groups—VoteVets and Operation Free. The problem: both of those groups are strong supporters of climate legislation—in part because of the national security threats posed by global warming—while ACCCE has been working energetically to undermine a bill.

Read more, including the e-mail in question, from Mother Jones here.

In related news, check out the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' Web site to learn more about Veteran's Day, which is today.

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