17 Sep '12, 5pm

Four decades of BS coal ads

Four decades of BS coal ads

1979 American Electric Power advertisement. QuitCoal.org has amassed quite a collection of misleading coal ads , misrepresenting coal’s safety, its abundance, its environmental impact, and how likely it is to save us from totalitarianism. Here we present samples of ads by coal companies and coal industry front groups from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s — showing that the more things change, the more coal executives just keep lying like weasels. 1974 AEP advertisement. Is this guy supposed to be a hippie? Is that what hippies looked like in 1974? Anyway, looks like the “green energy kills jobs” canard has a long pedigree. And look — bonus Scary Arabs TM, concerned about America’s abundant coal resources! 1982 Edison Electric Institute advertisement. Large corporations have been inventing their own facts since well before they achieved personhood. Here, the Edison Electric ...

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