LOGAN, W.Va. — Two guest speakers at the weekly meeting of the Logan Rotary Club Wednesday, February 17, offered members both national and international information.
“We need some investors, and I am glad you are sitting down when I tell you what I want you to invest in,” speaker Roger Horton, president of Citizens for Coal, said. “What I want you to invest in is coal-fired power plants. I want to build some new ones.”
Horton explained to the members that the new plants will have a dual purpose.
“One is that they will make a steel that is so advanced that there is absolutely no better quality in the world,” Horton said. “After they make the steel, as opposed to letting that heat go into the atmosphere to be lost forever will be transferred to another set of boilers that will then generate electricity that is sold on the grid.”
Horton said that system reduces the entire amount of CO2 and meets the carbon capture and sequestration ratings.
Horton said the company has applied for and received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to report, and from the Ohio Valley Air Quality the ability to report and issue bonds.
“They are working with, and have obtained $4.7 billion from the loan program office of the U.S. Department of Labor,” Horton said. “This is 80 percent of the money they need to generate.”
Horton said it would take 1750 construction jobs to build the plant for a period of three years.
“Then it would employ 1,200 people,” Horton said. He said the company has plans to build two additional plants.
Horton said anyone who wanted to invest could contact him and he will put them in contact with the company.
The second speaker was Mac Warner who spoke on the war in Afghanistan and his service in the area. Warner is the Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Section Leader of the U.S. Department of State/International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) funded Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) in Afghanistan. As the OCB leader, he supervises over 100 international subject matter experts, local national attorneys, translators, and administrative personnel providing advice to the Afghanistan Supreme Court (SC) and three Justice Sector Ministries: the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA).