Hearing Raises New Questions About Coal Lobby Group

from Wildlife Promise

0 10/29/2009 // By Miles Grant // , , , ,

The House Select Committee for Eneregy Independence & Global Warming held a hearing this morning on the coal lobby letter fraud. A firm called Bonner & Associates sent phony letters to three members of Congress opposing the American Clean Energy & Security Act that passed the House in June.

But as Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard reports, there are now new questions about whether the head of a coal lobby group may have lied under oath:

In testimony before Congress on Thursday, Steve Miller, CEO for American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a major coal industry lobby group, stated under oath that his organization “has never opposed the Waxman-Markey bill.”

But ACCCE’s previous statements indicate otherwise. On the day that the House passed the legislation, Miller himself issued a press release stating, “ACCCE cannot support this bill, as it is written because the legislation still does not adequately protect consumers and the domestic economy.”

You can read much more on today’s TPM hearing liveblog.

And don’t forget, if you think you may be a victim of similar forgeries, you can contact our Polluter Fraud Tipline.