Image of AEP, New Haven WV, taken from Google Street View
On the West Virginia side of the Ohio River, close to where I grew up, is American Electric Power, who recently decided to pull the plug on their carbon capture experiment. The blame, apparently, lies with Congress's inability to create legislation that would give incentives for such climate-change helpful projects.
The project in New Haven would've been the biggest carbon sequestration project to date, and would've buried CO2 as it was burned off from the adjacent coal-fired plant.
The cutting of the 668 million dollars that had been allocated to this plant is one example of how the government can be a bit overzealous when it comes to spending cuts. Not only would this have help meet our ambitious clean air goals (President Obama announced in 2009 a goal of an 80 percent reduction in climate-altering emissions by 2050), it also would've created new jobs.
It hits close to home for me, because it is literally so close to my home. I know unemployed from the area and it strikes me as sad and deflating that so little attention is being paid to where things are cut.
Obama was right when he said in 2008 that renewable energy will create a whole new sector for jobs—it just seems that maybe our Congress has forgotten about it for now, which is a shame.