Big fossil fuel campaigns claim that dirty fuels are green

| October 26, 2011 | 1 Reply

At Occasional Planet, Mike Davis discusses the ubiquitous TV commercials touting the green-ness of natural gas and Canadian tar-sand oil. At my workplace lunchroom, there is a TV, and I’ve seen these misleading commercials many times. I’ve also seen many recent ads for “clean coal,” even though no such coal plants exist. Interesting how the industry never even attempts to argue that coal ash is “clean.”

Mike notes a lack of media stories critical of these ads, not surprising given the ad revenue the media receives for running these commercials.

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Category: Energy, Environment, Risks and Dangers, Sustainable Living

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich and his wife, Anne Jay, live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are raising their two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    I’ve seen an ad that portrays a group of college students presumably discussing energy alternatives. In the ad, one student convinces a group of environmentally conscious students that natural gas is a clean, environmentally safe alternative to oil and coal.

    No mention of the many problems related to fracking. No mention of leakage or tainting of the water supply.

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