Carbo Power Plant Failed To Deliver Economic BoostThe reporter goes on to write the obligatory stuff about dust and noise, bankrupted spirits, shattered dreams, and broken hearts. For potential Pulitzer purposes, one supposes. Whatever.
Carbo, Va. – The coal-fired power plant under construction outside St. Paul, Va., was not the first to promise jobs, economic development and prosperity for Southwest Virginia. The same promises were made here 50 years ago when the Clinch River Plant was built.
“The coming of the plant into Southwest Virginia will stimulate other plants to locate in the area and to utilize the vast natural resources. It will mark the beginning of a new era,” said American Electric Power President Philip Sporn at the plant’s groundbreaking on May 16, 1956.
“New industries will increase the population of not only Russell County but the entire area. Salaries to the employees and taxes by these companies will definitely change this section into one of prosperity – the greatest it has ever known.”
In half a century, the jobs have not materialized, and there is a sharp difference in opinion on whether the company has kept its promises. (link)
But did Carbo "fail to deliver" that promised economic boost? McCown, to her credit, offers this quote in response to that very question:
Looking past the blather about pollution and area residents' worries - who could blame them what with the relentless assault against coal and its effects on everything from global warming to rheumatoid arthritis - what do we have here?
In the county seat of Lebanon, however, elected officials say taxes from the plant have paid to educate the county’s children and provide other needed services, as well as jobs and economic development.
Many of those who live in between have mixed feelings – they’re glad for the jobs at the plant, in the mines and on the railroad, but they also wonder about the effect the power plant – one of the state’s top polluters – is having on their families’ health.
We have a story about a power plant that failed to bring jobs and tax revenue to Russell County but brought jobs and considerable tax revenue to Russell County.
Please. Decide which it is, woman, and get back to us.
* Oh, and it'll bring Barack Obama to town on Tuesday. With Oprah sure to be following close on. To feel our pain. Again.
For the love of God.