Last week, a British paper reported that aliens were interfering with one town's clean energy. Now Sasquatch and a mermaid have joined the mix. The Reality Coalition, a group dedicated to clearing up misconceptions about clean coal, has put
up a clever ad campaign in D.C.'s Metro Center, where mythical creatures tell public transit riders that clean coal is just a big greenwash. Just in time for the onslaught of tourists who will be passing through the station on their way to president-elect Barack Obama's inaugural parade, the Coalition hopes the Reality Campaign ads will help people realize that clean coal is no more a present reality than the alien, bigfoot and mermaid pictured holding big chunks of it. More photos below.
The Reality Campaign lists and dispels rumors about clean coal, along with their sourcing, which you can check out at thisisreality.org:
Unlike its mythical costars in this campaign, clean coal is not nearly as elusive. The topic is especially important as the Obama administration will decide whether it is worthy of funds in the stimulus package, and also as Energy Secretary nominee Steven Chu refines his position on the topic (He originally called it a "nightmare," but is now saying that it can be done).
Less importantly but no less interestingly, it appears that a microtrend has begun: climate change and mythical creatures. Do we link global warming and climate change to aliens and imaginary beings, as climate-change denier Michael Crichton once did, because we don't want to take personal responsibility?