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Tell your legislators to oppose plans to build the Taylorville Energy Center today!

Tenaska’s proposal is risky, expensive, and unnecessary for Illinois.   It represents a major bailout for an out of state company at the expense of Illinois consumers, businesses, and local governments, with substantial environmental risk.

Not only is the coal plant dirty and overpriced, but it threatens our water and farmland. Another coal plant means more mining, more mining pollution, and more of Illinois' farmland destroyed.

Instead of polluting our air, our water and destroying our farms, we should continue investing in clean, renewable, cheaper energy that has generated more than 14,000 Illinois jobs during one of the worst economic crises in our nation's history.

We can't afford rate hikes and more pollution when cleaner, cheaper alternatives like wind are ready to add power to the grid and jobs to our communities. Send a message to your legislators and urge them to oppose the Taylorville Energy Center!

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No to Tenaska and 30 Years of Dirty Coal

Dear Representative,

I urge you to vote no on the Tenaska Energy Center. Tenaska's proposal is risky, expensive, and unnecessary for Illinois. It represents a major bailout for an out of state company at the expense of Illinois consumers, businesses, and local governments, with substantial environmental risk.

Tenaska proposes to turn coal into synthetic natural gas (SNG) a very expensive and energy-intensive process, creating double the pollution as burning conventional natural gas. Even after carbon sequestration, if it works, Tenaska will add 10 billion pounds of pollution per year, approximately equivalent to one million more cars on our roads.

Tenaska claims they will bury 50% of their pollution underground, but they provide no guarantee or detail on their pollution disposal plan. The General Assembly should not award a 30-year, no-bid contract at above market rates to a new major pollution source.

Tenaska will lead to new coal mining using new destructive practices that are ruining Illinois farms, destroying streams and creating pools of toxic waste in rural communities. Nothing in Tenaska's "clean coal" proposal addresses these devastating impacts. Instead, it would accelerate them.




Say NO to the Tenaska Energy Center. Follow a better model for creating clean energy jobs our Renewable Portfolio Standard. Since 2007, Illinois has created 14,000 jobs in wind energy by inviting competition to meet an energy goal not naming a single company the winner for 30-year contracts.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]