News analysis: the death of FutureGen
When the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last month pulled the plug on FutureGen 2.0 funding, it effectively killed off any hope the clean coal project will ever produce a kilowatt of electricity.
That’s the word from congressional insiders who say it is extremely unlikely the Congress will appropriate the $1.1 billion FutureGen needs to move forward. The money for projects such as FutureGen is scarce, those sources say.
The extremely slim possibility for FutureGen funding may have vanished completely on Tuesday when key project supporter Congressman Aaron Schock (R., 15th) announced his resignation from Congress amid a growing ethics scandal.