08 May '12, 7pm

Coal Kicks Ass like NASCAR and Beer and Dale Earnhardt Jr: Coal Lobby

Coal Kicks Ass like NASCAR and Beer and Dale Earnhardt Jr: Coal Lobby

Pranavian via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 David Roberts has a nice quick post today about the coal industry's frenzied efforts to prevent its inevitable decline. An onslaught of various impediments have left the industry in truly bad shape: the growing glut of cheap natural gas, the EPA regulations that clamp down on dirty power, the fact that everybody hates it. Coal now accounts for 42% of electricity production nationwide now, down from over half not too long ago. And now, belatedly alerted by one of the canaries in the industry's proverbial eponymous mines, the coal lobby is launching a multimillion dollar PR campaign to, as Roberts puts it, try to "save its doomed-ass self" : Obama may not say any of this out loud, but the coal industry is all too aware of it. That’s why it’s busy mounting a frantic lobbying effort to halt its slide into obsolescence.“'We’re fighting for coal,'...

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