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You can not believe evrything you see


In 2005, General Electric, the giant American conglomerate that owns, among other things, the NBC Television Network, began an advertising campaign to tout its new-found concern for the environment and global warming. The advertising series and its affiliated campaign, were part of a company- wide, GE initiative then titled “Eco- magination” — GE’s word for environmental innovation. The company had allocated some $90 million to launch the campaign, of which the TV ads were part. One of the first ads to be featured used a coal mining theme and was titled “Model Miners.” The music backing the ad was from the 1950s hit song “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford. GE used the spot to push “clean coal,” a phrase which given coal’s carbon content, is regarded as something of an oxymoron by those concerned with global warming. Still, GE's "Model Miners" TV ad was part of the company’s message that the nation could use its coal reserves in an environmentally friendly way to help solve its energy problem.http://www.pophistorydig.com/?p=632 http://energytechstocks.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/ge-clean330.jpg



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Communities are banding together to stop coal plants from going up

Clean coal is not clean. It's the same old dirty coal, given a vigorous PR greenwashing by the coal industry. The fact is that clean-coal technology, which purports to filter C02 when coal is burned and somehow "sequester" it underground, is vastly expensive, not feasible now and won't be for decades to come - is ever. But this does not stop companies like GE from saying plants like it's planned facility near Bakersfield in Kern County will be clean. In 2007, California halted all new dirty-coal plants. GE's "clean" claim for it's Bakersfield plant is simply a backdoor effort to skirt the moratorium on dirty coal.http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1352593

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It can kill


The coal industry would like us all to think “coal is clean.” But it’s not. Burning coal to make electricity can affect us starting at birth with the mercury-contaminated breast milk and blood we get from our mothers, to the increased risk of heart, lung and liver diseases we might die from later in life.http://www.coal-is-dirty.com/category/coal-tags/health-effects-coal

Controlling an Empire

In todays world it is hard to scoop up jucie information about major companies like GE. This is due to the fact that GE hires hundreds of writers to write good things about their company making it impossible to find what your looking for. The first 3 pages of google when you look up "GE Coal" are article about how GE is the leader in clean coal burning. However, there is no such thing as clean coal. No matter how many filters the carbon goes through it is still bad for the air and environment.

Links:

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2005/05/13/ges_greenwashing.php

http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/11/13/coal-play-ge-wyoming-team-up-to-boost-clean-coal/