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FACTSHEET: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, ACCCE

DETAILS

http://www.cleancoalusa.org/
1152 15th Street, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.459.4800
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a front group for the coal industry. Through heavy lobbying and astroturf campaigns, ACCCE works to convince lawmakers and lay people that clean coal is a viable and environmentally sound energy option. ACCCE “believes in the robust utilization of coal” and promotes any legislation or legislator that furthers that goal. Formed by the recombination of two earlier machinations of the coal industry, the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) and the Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC), ACCCE has an annual budget in excess of $45 million. Their funding comes from the country's major coal-generated utilities, coal producers and railroads.

ACCCE’s member list includes Southern Company, American Electric Power, Peabody, Ameren, Western Fuels Association, and other directly vested interests in pro-coal lobbying, policy and subsidies. Before becoming ACCCE, the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) worked with the Western Fuels Association (a coal utility collective) and Greening Earth Society (a publicity front group) to adamantly deny that carbon dioxide is an atmospheric pollutant, and lobbied against the Kyoto Protocol on the basis that industrial CO2 is not coupled with planetary warming. The Western Fuels Association, then led by current Peabody CEO Fred Palmer, and the Greening Earth Society are known for non-scientific claims of the environmental benefits of carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, some Greening Earth Society’s “scientific advisors” has ties to ExxonMobil through their network of conservative policy institutions.

DEEDS

ACCCE’s member list includes Southern Company, American Electric Power, Peabody, Ameren, Western Fuels Association, and other directly vested interests in pro-coal lobbying, policy and subsidies.
Source: Polluterwatch - ACCCE

ACCCE spent over $13 million from 2008-2010 on lobbying, almost $10 million of which was spent in 2008 alone.
Source: Polluterwatch - ACCCE

In the 2008 election year, ACCCE spent $40 million on television and radio advertising, profoundly influencing the political attention that coal received. At the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, ACCCE spent $1.7 million on advertising and outreach. Additionally, direct lobbying from Miller effectively reversed a statement from Joe Biden suggesting the Obama/Biden platform would not be supportive of “clean coal” during the 2008 election season. The Center for Public Integrity found that 87% of Congressional members were ACCCE donation recipients in 2008:
Source: Polluterwatch - ACCCE

KEY PEOPLE

Stephen  Miller
President and CEO
Source: ACCCE - Stephen Miller Bio

SOURCES

ACCCE - Stephen Miller Bio
http://www.cleancoalusa.org/about-us/bios/bio-steve-miller-president-and-ceo

Polluterwatch - ACCCE
http://www.polluterwatch.com/