Coal industry peppering the nation with pro-coal ads

Billings, MT – You may have noticed ads that promote coal as a clean alternative to foreign oil.

The coal industry is facing a bruising fight over climate change, and has gone on the political offensive this election year to ensure that no matter who wins, so does coal.

Billions of dollars in corporate profits are at stake for companies that mine, ship and burn the nation's most abundant
domestic fuel.

Behind the ads is an industry group called Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, which is spreading the word that coal produces half the nation's electricity.

The group expects to spend some 40 million dollars this year, more than double what it spent in 2007.