by Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, September 19, 2013
"Governor Blagojevich and I understand that we must continue to invest in clean coal technologies. These grants allow the coal industry to focus on higher environmental and safety standards, while creating more jobs throughout the region and across the state."
"Money's not everything in life,'' Steve Hudson, a Pope County commissioner, said of landowners who have sold mineral rights to oil and gas companies. "Sometimes we need to protect what we got. We're just keepers of this land."
2: The City of Du Quoin and Its Breakthrough Solar Park in Coal Country
Courtesy of Clean Energy Works for Us
3: The Carbondale City Council, the Home of "Clean Coal" Research, Voted for a 100 Percent Renewable Energy Plan
In one of the most under-reported stories this year, the town council of Carbondale -- where Southern Illinois University boasts of its "clean coal" research program, where the coal export industry was launched nearby 200 years ago, and where huge corporations from New York listed ads 150 years ago to invest in the future of Mt. Carbon -- voted to approve a 100% renewable energy electrical contract in January. According to City manager Kevin Baity, Carbondale was the energy consortium's "only city to choose the fully renewable energy option."