Opinion: Illinois veto of clean-coal projects "disappointing"

03/24/2011 | McLeansboro Times-Leader (Ill.)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn turned away possible jobs and economic development when he vetoed two proposed clean-coal power plants this month, writes state Sen. Gary Forby. The vetoes cost the state 1,100 construction jobs, 250 full-time jobs and possibly $8 billion in indirect economic gain, he wrote. "Not only would they have been a huge job creator, but the clean-coal plants would have used millions of tons of coal from our area and increased the demand for our abundant resource," Forby said.

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McLeansboro Times-Leader (Ill.)