Peabody Energy’s fight against Global Energy Poverty


Yesterday, I attended the annual Peabody Energy Shareholder meeting to ask the CEO Gregory Boyce and Board of Directors what the company is doing to combat the Obama Administrations “war on coal”. As a supporter of clean affordable coal I was surprised to find that 40% of energy in the United States is derived from coal. The national news media acts as if wind and solar energy are our primary sources of energy production.

Here is the question that I asked:

I’m Stacy Washington of Project 21, a division of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank, representing shareholder David Ridenour, who is president of our think-tank. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today.

Our question centers around the “war on coal” being waged by the Obama Administration and environmental organizations, and the critical need for this company, and this industry, to fight back by getting out the truth when lies are told.

First, we would like to know what this company is doing to get the truth about the importance of low-cost energy out to the American people and to correct the record when the news media, government officials and highly-politicized advocacy organizations make false statements, and what it plans to do in this area in the future.

Second, we would like you to give the U.S. energy industry across the board a grade, A through F, on how well it is defending itself in the court of public opinion with proactive programs to get out the truth.

Mr. Boyce gave a passionate response to both parts of our question, giving the energy industry in general a “very poor rating” in it’s defense of itself in the court of public opinion. He expressed a desire to better this situation. He then turned quickly to discussing the Advanced Energy for Life Campaign, highlighting that fully 40% of US Energy comes from coal and that
“in Missouri that percentage is a whopping 80% and we still have clean water, air and skies.”
After sharing more stats on global energy usage, Mr. Boyce spoke to the sad fact that many “climate” enthusiasts naively discounts the facts of life for millions of Americans. Every increase in energy costs means poorer Americans have to go without energy, that these Americans are already getting a check from the government to help them pay for energy and what amounts to a pittance to us (an increase of $15-20.00 a month) is catastrophic to them. Mr. Boyce is unreservedly passionate about Peabody Energy’s newest initiative which addresses the ingeniously termed issue of Energy Poverty.

Arm yourself with the facts. Find your voice and use it to counter act the abundance of spurious facts that abound in the media about coal fired electrical energy. Learn more about Energy Poverty and Peabody Energy’s message through their new initiative; the Advanced Energy for Life Campaign.

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  1. Darren Jerkins 10 May, 2014 at 10:24 Reply

    One really has to wonder if the whole “Climate” movement isn’t more about control and political power rather than a true concern for the environment. It’s almost as if the people in power leading the climate charge are in on the joke and they’ve convinced millions of “useful idiots” to do their bidding for them. It’s seems ok that the elite can jet around the world spewing tons of CO2 at will but the working class must ride a bike to work and live in the dark. If this administration were a true Leader on the issue they’d park Air Force One indefinitely. It’s amazing how Orwell thought of this very scenario over a century ago. SMH

  2. Erik 14 May, 2014 at 19:44 Reply

    I just graduated with a degree in mining engineering. I had three summer internships while in school and was able to earn enough to live off of during school. I had three official job offers and one verbal offer before my last semester. Jobs are there, you just have to find them, be in the right field, and be willing to work them. Coal provides cheap energy and high paying jobs, everything the left pretends to want. The UN and IPCC have one goal: population control. The IPCC models greatly over estimate the effects of CO2. They have already been caught fudging numbers and yet people still listen to them. Cheap reliable energy is the key to actually helping civilization. Many vaccines need to be refrigerated and energy is required to do this. Africa is told by the UN to not develop their coal reserves, but to use renewable energy which is costly and very unreliable. The UN is keeping undeveloped countries undeveloped.

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