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A little coal-fired satire.

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Written by Luke Weston

April 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm

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  1. Oh my gosh that was funny!

    They’ve got those vacuous-type commercials absolutely pegged…there must be a template for them somewhere. The drifting camera shots, the meaningless statements, the vague sense of patriotism and freedom that is difficult to isolate. It’s all there.

    Kirk Sorensen

    April 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm

  2. Kirk is dead on, and did you notice who put this out? – the US Department of Energy. Also note at the end how the announcer says, “Coal: cheap, abundant, CLEAN” while the corresponding graphics say: “… cheap, abundant, CHEAP”. Heh.

    Larry Grimm

    May 1, 2008 at 5:54 pm

  3. […] This was the first thing that came to my mind as a response to that. “I’d say nuclear. I think it’s more efficient; it doesn’t consume as many resources, and the output is better for the environment.” […]


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