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#1 Sep 23, 2010
• Subsidizing biomass incinerators that burn trees and garbage to make electricity
is bad energy policy and a bad investment because they:
o cause asthma, cancer, heart disease and other illnesses and will drive
up health care costs
o emit 50% more carbon dioxide than coal per megawatt and make
climate change worse
o are not carbon neutral energy sources
• We already get 50% of our so called “clean and green” energy from dirty,
polluting biomass incinerators – taxpayers and rate payers don’t want more
• Incinerators are a poor job creation vehicle:
o The 20 permanent jobs over the 30 year life of the plant costs the public
$3.5 million per job (1)
o Instead, direct “Green job” funding to “cash for caulkers”– conservation
and efficiency
o International Brotherhood of Teamsters opposes waste incinerators
o Short term construction jobs must be balanced against long term public
health impacts from toxic air pollution 24/7/365 for 30 years.

(1) The typical 50 MW plant costs about $200 million to build and at least 1/3 will be paid for via cash grants under the ARRA (2009 Stimulus Bill) or investment tax credits. That’s $70 million in taxpayer dollars for 20 permanent jobs – about $3.5 million per job

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