Clean Coal Comedy

Originally posted 2009-02-26 19:33:24 -0500. Bumped by carol

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Here's more from the website This is Reality who commissioned the ad by the Coen brothers at their request. They have a terrific intro to their site, explaining who they are,,, including a another video made with the Coen brothers, see below. Also be sure to check out the link above the ad video. It opens their site with a great animation.

The Reality Blog: The reality Behind America's Dirtiest Energy Supply.

 

Guess who’s #1?

A new report by the Center for Public Integrity finds explosive growth over the last five years in the number of lobbyists seeking to influence climate change legislation.

It turns out, the coal industry has been pretty busy lobbying for legislation friendly to the dirty status quo. In fact, they were #1 in these lobbying efforts.

According to the report, 770 companies and interest groups hired an estimated 2,340 lobbyists in the past year — with expenditures topping $90 million. Among all these groups, it’s no surprise that the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) came in at #1:

ACCCE spent $10.5 million lobbying Capitol Hill on climate in 2008 — more than any other organization solely dedicated to the issue.

Good ‘ol ACCCE — spending money on lobbying almost as fast as their industry pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Now that the EPA is reconsidering regulating C02 emissions how do you think they feel about that chunk of change?

It seems they find it cheaper to market and lobby than actually investing in the development of a commercial-scale system of carbon capture and storage. Such a system still doesn’t exist for a single one of the more than 600 power plants in operation in the US, and until it does, claiming that coal is “clean” is just blowing a whole lot of smoke

 

carol

Did Abraham Lincoln support the creation of a Jewish state?

America has had 11 presidents in the period from the founding of the State of Israel up to Barack Obama's election: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. Clinton and Bush Jr. But in his speech in honor of the swearing-in of the new Knesset, President Shimon Peres determined that Israel owes thanks to only seven. It is unlikely that he wanted to insult the other four. He probably just made a mistake. Perhaps he consulted with the historian Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

In his speech, Peres also said that president Abraham Lincoln once promised his Jewish "doctor," Isachar Zacharie, to support the establishment of a Jewish state. Peres did not invent Zacharie, but ? how shall we put this gently ? there are several versions of this story. It seems that one of Lincoln's acquaintances did indeed tell him about an idea to establish a state for the Jews in the Land of Israel, and Lincoln replied that the option was worthy of consideration. He added incidentally that he had respect for the Jews, since his podiatrist was Jewish.

 

Looks like everybody wants to now link to Lincoln Legacy!!

 

By the way, there seems to be a clitch in the site, though signed in at the homepage when I came in to view this and add this reply I had to sign in to the site again, somethin goin on at leaving the home and visiting the extended rooms.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

they should be showing it all the time on TV ... hammer home the message.