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A few months ago a scandal broke involving the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy after they hired a PR firm, Bonner and Associates, to send fake letters to members of Congress imploring them to vote against the Waxman-Markey climate bill, then working its way through the House. Comedian Stephen Colbert wasn't willing to let the story die and featured it this week on his Comedy Central show.You may remember that Bonner sent the fake letters from Creciendo Juntos, a nonprofit network that works on issues related to Charlottesville, NC's Hispanic community, and the NAACP. Then more letters were unearthed, including one from a fake seniors organization.
If you freeze Colbert's segment to look at the text of the letter he made up, it reads as the following:
Rep Tom Perriello:
I, an actual real person who exists, am writing to you today to strongly urge to vote against "the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." It is a threat to our coal industry who employs many Americans. As you must know by now, Clean Coal technologies have made pollution a non-issue. What part of "Clean Coal" do you not understand? It's coal. It's clean. Environmental crisis solved. In conclusion, I definitely could not hold such a strong opinion if I was not an actual person, born of my mother's womb, who verifiably exists on this planet. Thank you for your time. I look forward to a strong "NO" vote on this bill.
John Q. Notafakename
Pretty funny stuff. Let's hope ACCCE isn't up to anymore funny business.
More on Bonner and Associates:
Scandal Erupts Over Forged Anti-Climate Bill Letters
Sierra Club Goes After Coal Group With DOJ Letter