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Environoiacs’ Super Bowl Showdown

By on 1.31.11 | 1:47PM

National sport championship games such as the World Series or Super Bowl often bring out the mayors or governors of the contenders' cities for bets on their home teams, usually putting up a measure of food fare that their regions are famous for. Last year the mayors of Indianapolis and New Orleans engaged in the tradition, for example.

This year the two biggest environoia groups in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have gotten in the act, but not on the outcome of the Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Instead PennFuture and Clean Wisconsin have bid against one another over efforts to outdo their opponent's fundraising abilities. PennFuture president Jan Jarrett explains how the bet works in this video:

If the groups actually inspire donations based upon their respective videos, I would guess Clean Wisconsin will win hands down:

Pretty ironic that Jarrett would so passionately embrace the team that represents, in her view, the industrialization that is such a scourge to her cause. There is no greater hater of coal than PennFuture, yet the Steelers' logo emphasizes its importance:

The Steelmark was originally created for United States Steel Corporation to promote the attributes of steel: yellow lightens your work; orange brightens your leisure; and blue widens your world. The logo's meaning was later amended to represent the three materials used to produce steel: yellow for coal; orange for iron ore; and blue for steel scrap.

I guess the point to be taken is that PennFuture will pass up no cheap opportunity to try to raise money, even if it means compromising their so-called principles.

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