The Kansas City Star this weekend carried an anti-coal opinion piece by Jeff Goodall, author of “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future.” The column first appeared in The Washington Post, and in the Star is called “America’s dependence on coal comes at a high cost.” This line caught our eye:
“As for ‘clean coal,’ it’s a nice advertising slogan, but it’s not a statement of fact. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group, annual emissions from a typical coal plant include 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide…”
The Union of Concerned Scientists, a scientific advocacy group? Did you see the organization’s recent fundraising e-mail, signed by its president, Kevin Knobloch?
I’m excited to announce that the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) was chosen as one of 12 groups to participate in Ploughshares Fund’s Peace Primary — an online campaign to build awareness around peace and human security issues during this election season. The Ploughshares Fund is a respected philanthropic foundation that has partnered with UCS for many years.
You can support us and help our chances to win $100,000 by visiting www.peaceprimary.org and voting for UCS.
The 2008 presidential election presents an important opportunity to educate and engage the people who want to lead America—highlighting critical issues affecting our health, security, and environment. On peace and security issues, we are educating candidates and voters about the urgent need to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons and advocating for policies that will move us closer toward their elimination.
And so on. The Ploughshares Fund’s Peace Primary is chaired by the lefty actor, Martin Sheen, whose avocation is being arrested for protesting nuclear weapons. (The AP story on his April arrest is here.)
The Union of Concerned Scientists uses its science credentials to sell itself as a credible advocacy group on issues like global warming. To which we say: Oh, come on. It’s anything but a “scientific advocacy group,” as Goodall calls it. Look at its agenda in the fund-raising email: Disarmament, an old and naive form of pacifism, promoted during a time of rogue nations trying to build nuclear bombs.
The group and its members have every right to campaign for unilateral disarmament, but let’s not claim that they do so on the basis of science. The Union of Concerned Scientists is really just another activist group backing a broad left-wing political agenda, akin to Moveon.org, pushing for more government control of the economy and a weak U.S. military.
As experts on global warming and coal, they’re peace activists. But it serves Mr. Goodall’s anti-energy platform to pretend otherwise.
For a copy of the full e-mail, click here.
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