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‘Clean Coal’ Bottom Feeders: Chu Hands Out $1 Billion in Big Coal Welfare, Durbin Hands Out Cigars

The future and the past of American power generation are on display this morning. On the one hand we continue to provide welfare to support outmoded technologies:

Published on Sunday, August 8, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
by Jeff Biggers

“As his prairie state’s schools go down the drain in the current budget crisis, US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is passing out cigars for the welfare check, and ludicrously claiming that FutureGen 2.0 will create more than 30,000 jobs in the next ten years.

30,000 jobs in ten years? Why does the normally liberal Democrat Durbin turn into such a snake oil salesman when it comes to dirty coal?

Here’s a reality check: Durbin admits that this new boondoggle version of the completely illusory FutureGen carbon capture and storage chimera will result in only 700 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.

Wow, $1 billion for 700 construction jobs and 50 long-term jobs — most likely for out-of-state job seekers? Durbin just needs to stand at the entrance of the nearby Peabody coal-fired plant — the Prairie State Energy Campus — and check out the employee license plates (transients from Missouri, Texas, Wyoming). This $4.4 billion boondoggle of a coal-fired plant will spew 12 million tons of CO2 when it is completed, and raise local electricity rates.”

To read the enitre post click here.


CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN?

Of course it’s not all welfare and boondoggles on the east coast we are seeing a billion dollars being invested in a new wind farm.

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