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Fla. tourism group runs ads to quell oil worries

Florida tourism officials are taking to the airwaves to try and combat worries over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is running radio advertisements across the U.S. that say "our coast is clean and our beaches are open." It’s also running a full-page ad in USA Today with a similar message. Association president Carol ...

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Mississippi Power’s Kemper decision deadline extended

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted last week to give Mississippi Power Company an extension on its deadline to accept the Commission’s conditions for the proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. Public Service Commissioners Leonard Bentz, Lynn Posey and Brandon Presley voted unanimously to extend the deadline to May 26. The Commission’s April 29 order conditionally approved the ...

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Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The company (then) ...

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Kemper Update: Mississippi Power files for rehearing

Mississippi Power Company has asked the state Public Service Commission for a rehearing regarding its proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The Commission gave conditional approval of the plant on April 29. The Commission said the project was too risky for ratepayers, but MPC could get the green light for Kemper by submitting to a $2.4 billion cost ...

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PSC members: Politics played no part in Kemper plant decision

Baseload generation and the virtues of clean coal were not the only players on the roster as the Mississippi Public Service Commission weighed Mississippi Power Co.’s request to build a $2.4-billion coal-fired plant in Kemper County. The political tug-of-war between economic development interests and ratepayer protection got a lot of playing time, too. Commissioners voted 2-1 to conditionally approve MPC’s ...

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U.S. Energy Secretary Wants Kemper Approval

The Energy Daily reports today that U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu hopes the Mississippi Public Service Commission and Southern Company can strike a compromise on a proposed $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County. The Mississippi Commission voted April 29 to allow the plant to go forward if Mississippi Power Company (a division of Southern Company) ...

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NewsBreak: Boat with containment box at oil site

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — With success uncertain, a boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived at the scene Thursday in an unprecedented attempt to cap a blown-out well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. Another boat with a crane would start lowering the box to ...

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Oil's hidden costs visible, but will it matter?

HOUSTON — America is seeing the usually hidden costs of fossil fuels – an oil spill’s potential for huge environmental and economic damage, and deaths in coal and oil industry accidents. But don’t expect much to change. America and the world crave more oil and coal, no matter the all-too-risky ways needed to extract those fuels. "We are absolutely addicted ...

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Giant dome for Gulf oil leak is next best solution

NEW ORLEANS — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving on Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away. Crews for contractor Wild Well Control were putting the finishing touches Tuesday on the 100-ton containment dome. ...

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