Debunking of Clean Coal Technologies Leads Environmental Defense to Launch Innovative Partnership with Kohlbert Kravis Roberts
Posted Jul 07 2008 7:14pm
There is no such thing as clean coal! Period!
In my first year as a Keyboard Culture Expert, I have mentioned my position on
clean coal but never as affirmatively as right now. Why the change? Well, it’s
not really a change so much as a tweak in my narrative style. It is precipitated
by two events of historical significance.
Firstly, we have the nomination for President of the United States of Senator
Barack Obama. No matter whether you follow politics passionately with an
inclination toward one political party or away from another, or are lukewarm
about all of it, you are or will become aware of the fact that Senator Obama’s
nomination by the Democratic Party has caused amarked uptickin
budget allocations for television advertising by fossil fuel companies,
including mining interests.
In a word, fossilized conglomerates which have been embraced by many national
politicians in recent years have become frightened. Whereas earlier in this
decade they have spoken occasionally about clean coal technologies, now they
can’t seem to refer to them often enough.
Since this is not a political blog, I will leave the matter there with a simple
statement of fact. These companies are frightened.
Secondly, though, is the preceding event to Senator Obama’s nomination, the
partnership between Environmental Defense, a standard bearer in the quest for a
clean environment and a reversal of global warming, and one of the world’s
largest investment firms, Kohlbert Kravis Roberts.