What is going on here? Big Coal is actually so concerned about tree-climbing activists that they’re spending oodles of money to drown cries of opposition with half-baked, stock footage platitudes … since when did hippies command that kind of attention? From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
HAZARD — Environmentalists’ campaigns against strip mining and coal-fired power plants have been so successful in swaying public opinion recently that the coal industry has started to take a more aggressive, visible approach to protect its interests, Kentucky activists say.
New industry-sponsored groups in the coal fields are sponsoring charitable efforts, concerts and rallies, and distributing stickers, T-shirts and license plates across the region.
A new multistate public relations campaign called FACES of Coal was officially launched last week in Kentucky; its aim is to educate people outside the mining regions about the benefits organizers say coal brings to the state: low electricity rates that attract other industries, high-paying jobs in poor areas, and flat land for development where there used to be unusable mountainsides.
Sad fact: According to this article, the “Friends of Coal” vanity plate is the fastest selling special-interest plate in the history of the Commonwealth. Why? Because the nice man in the video said coal was good!
Did you spot all of the lies?