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Game Over? Obama Gifts Big Coal $1 Billion for FutureGen in Illinois

Jeff Biggers | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the same days an entrepreneur went on federal trial for fraud over an unproven "clean coal" scheme, President Obama's Department of Energy gave a game-changing approval for a $1 billion gift to continue the unproven FutureGen "clean coal" boondoggle in Illinois.

Illinois Town Backs Out Of FutureGen: Mattoon Says Changes In Energy Project A Deal Breaker

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An eastern Illinois town backed out of what was once a flagship energy project Wednesday after more than two years of politica...

Energy Department Commits $1 Billion To Clean Coal Project

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it has formally committed $1 billion in federal stimulus money to the recently r...

The Big Shake: Is Chicago Earthquake a Wake Up Call for Clean Coal?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Some experts openly question whether injecting carbon dioxide back into underground storage areas might actually trigger earthquakes.

A Child Questions Us from the Future

Jan Phillips | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Phillips

Grandpa, did you know it was happening?

Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

There's much to love about carbon capture, in theory. But carbon capture continues our dependence on coal-fired power plants, and does little to change the status quo.

FutureGen 'Clean' Coal Plant Loses 2 Financial Backers

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Just two weeks after the federal government revived plans to build the FutureGen power plant in eastern Illinois, two of the e...

Clean Coal Knee-Capping: Secretary Chu Makes $1 Billion Down Payment For More Dirty Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A lot of hot air has been emitted on the dangerous oxymoron of "clean coal. The truth is that carbon capture and storage technology is still in its experimental phase

FutureGen Coal Plant Gets Green Light From Energy Secretary

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is moving forward on a futuristic coal-burning power plant in Illinois that the Bush administration had decla...

Energy Secretary Chu Backs FutureGen 'Clean Coal' Project

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says a futuristic coal-burning power plant slated for Illinois that languished under the previous admini...

Hey Sen. Durbin: FutureGen Dogs Bark, Green Caravan Moves On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

While Durbin's eyes are on the prize of "38 billion tons of coal" that sit under our feet in the Illinois coal basin, he is missing the renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the rest of the nation.

Obama May Revive FutureGen Coal Project, Cost Could Be $2.3B

AP | H. JOSEF HEBERT and HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price tag for a futuristic coal-burning power plant that President Barack Obama is thinking of reviving seems to still be going...

Come Home, Dick Durbin: Come Clean on FutureGen

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

As the nation comes to grips with the need to shift our focus to non-fossil fuel sources of energy, it is disappointing to see Sen. Durbin turn into a cheerleader for the "Dirtiest Wing" of the coal industry.

Stimulus Bill Shortchanges Chicago Transit, State Has $700M Wish List

The Huffington Post | Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With Congress set to vote Friday on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package, details have seeped out about how the money will be divided. It...

Congress Digs Up Dirt on Plot to Kill FutureGen Cleaner Coal Project

Dygest.net | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Bush administration killed plans to build the plant in December 2007, just hours after Mattoon was chosen over two sites in Texas, triggering alle...

Big Coal Gift in Senate Stimulus Package While Coal Profits Soar

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

There's a new detail on this "clean coal" money: $2 billion are no longer slated for zero emissions plants, but "near-zero emissions" plants -- so much for all of those ads about zero emissions.

Dear Carol Browner: Dirty Coal Will Turn Green Recovery Gray

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The incoming Secretary of Energy will have the choice of committing billions of dollars to relaunch the shipwrecked FutureGen coal-fired plant, or allocating that amount of funding to launch a sustainable wind or solar clean jobs project in the same Illinois area.