01 Apr '11, 12am

Only 1 of 6 largest #coal plants built in last 5 five years delivered jobs it promised from @jerryjamesstone

Only 1 of 6 largest #coal plants built in last 5 five years delivered jobs it promised from @jerryjamesstone

Associated Press Building new coal plants can provide much-needed jobs. But how many, and for how long? No one should be surprised to learn that in trying to woo a reluctant community, developers in just about every industry tend to exaggerate — or perhaps optimistically overestimate — the number of jobs they expect to create by building that new shopping mall, industrial park, widget factory or other project. But in a study released on Thursday , the folks at the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in Chattanooga, Tenn., decided to take an in-depth look at the promises made by purveyors of new coal plants. Their findings seem to suggest that the trade-off that many cash-strapped communities make — specifically, accepting the health and environmental risks that come with having a new coal-burning power plant in their midst, in return for a boost in employment — is not wha...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/coal-jobs-and-a...

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