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Coal Lobby “Dishonors” Veterans Day, Say Veterans

November 12, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Fresh from getting caught sending fraudulent letters to Congress during the House consideration of cap and trade legislation, the front group for Big Coal – the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) – is now using Veterans Day to oppose clean energy legislation and misrepresenting veterans groups in the process.

coal electricityThe ACCCE wrote in an email:  “With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the military personnel who are involved in ensuring our country is protected.

Energy security is one issue that has become increasingly important to our veterans. In fact, national veterans groups Votevets and Operation Free are urging the government to become more energy independent and less reliant on foreign oil.

We can do this by using the abundant domestic fuels we already have. With more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, the United States has more coal than the Middle East has oil.”

Though the letter suggests that Operation Free and VoteVets support the coal industry, that is not the case; both groups have been strong supporters of comprehensive clean energy legislation. Both groups quickly shot back at the ACCCE.

A blog post at Operation Free responded, “The Veterans of Operation Free know that climate change – not just our dependence on foreign energy – is making the world a more dangerous place. In today’s environment, resources and weather play a significant role in security. Unstable states quickly become failed states in the face of drought, famine and the resultant civil unrest caused by climate change.  One need look no further than Afghanistan or Somalia to see the dramatic impact that climate issues like water shortages, famines, and crop failures have on security issues. Failed states have historically been, and will continue to be, safe havens for those who seek to harm America.”

At the VoteVets Web site, their response to the ACCCE concludes by saying, “For the ACCCE to hijack America’s Veterans who are working to ensure secure, clean American energy alternatives while simultaneously claiming to honor us on Veterans Day is an act of despicable hubris.”

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