Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy

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The Coalition for Affordable and reliable Energy (CARE) states that it is "A broad coalition of organizations representing thousands of businesses and individuals that support the development of a sound energy policy for America."

Its members include ultra-conservative groups such as the 60 Plus Association, Americans for Tax Reform and Frontiers of Freedom Institute, as well as powerful lobbying groups such as Edison Electric Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Mining Association, the National Restaurant Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Its publicity firm is Dittus Communications.

The Annenburg Public Policy Center of the Univesity of Pensylvania says CARE formed "in 2000 to advocate coal as an energy source (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 14, 2001). CARE targets legislators in Washington, D.C. with a "pro-coal" message (Time Magazine, May 7, 2001). In addition to endorsing coal as an energy source, CARE promotes coal as a clean-burning fuel when modern technologies are used to process coal for energy. "The coalition wants more federal research to develop technologies that would allow factories, power plants, and others to burn coal with fewer smog-causing emissions" (Calgary Herald, May 11, 2001)."[1]

For the year 2004-4, the Center estimated that CARE "spent approximately $533,000 during the 108th Congress on legislative issue advertising." It collected a total of 50 print ads sponsored by the CARE during the 108th Congress. [2]

A complete list of CARE's members can be found at its webpage [3].

The website also features information on legislation of interest to the coalition.

Contact Information:

50 F Street, N.W., Suite 5300
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.639.2802