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New Study: Coal Power Plants Don't Create Jobs They Claim To Create

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Yet another reason why coal's not such a great bargain.

...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 what it’s cracked up to be.

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The results: only a little over half, or 56 percent of every 1,000 jobs projected, appeared to be actually created as a result of the coal plants’ coming online. And in four of the six counties, the projects delivered on just over a quarter of the jobs projected.

In sum: so much for the theory that coal may be bad for the environment, but at least it creates jobs.  Once again, research shows that it doesn't deliver on the industry's promises in that regard.