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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity criticized President Obama for his remarks at the Coast Guard Academy today which downplay the national security threat of terrorism seeded by “economic grievances.” Rather than seek to combat the challenge of global poverty, which the president has previously linked with “extremism recruitment,” his remarks resembled yet another climate crusade sales pitch.

 

“President Obama missed the boat this morning by failing to elevate America’s real national security threat: the expansion of terrorism stemming from global poverty,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “This is especially troubling because recently President Obama identified poverty-stricken communities and nations as ‘ripe for extremist recruitment’ by groups like ISIS, but today debased that sentiment by rehashing tired and unsubstantiated lines worthy of a Hollywood disaster movie.”

 

There is no disputing electrification from fossil fuels has led to improved quality of life for billions of people around the world. Yet today, many people still fail to receive their most basic human needs – needs like potable water, cooked food and healthcare. In fact, The World Bank recently reported one in seven people globally don’t have access to electricity, and that the United Nations is falling behind its goal to have universal energy access by 2030.

 

“As Americans witness the horrendous attacks on human life at the hands of terrorists on their evening news, the threats on our freedom hit closer and closer to home. It is this...

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