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Check out this story on a potential new “clean coal” plant in central Illinois. A few interesting facts: The U.S. Energy Dept. is questioning the costs for the $1.8 billion price tag, expecting overruns. All the project supporters cite the geology of central Illinois and the close proximity of coal supplies as major reasons to locate the plant there. Interesting, then, that our friends at Excelsior Energy are looking to build an even more expensive plant on the Iron Range where the geology does NOT favor similar technology and that lies more than a thousand miles away from any coal. Why doesn’t the DOE question THAT boondoggle? More evidence: there is no way that Excelsior can build here. Do not give these people any more money.

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