Duckworth unveils plan to pay for coal workers’ higher education, health care

FORBES | U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois introduced a bill on Thursday that would make higher education tuition-fee for coal workers and their families, extend Medicare coverage to all coal workers who have lost their jobs, and change U.S. bankruptcy rules to require coal companies to pay workers’ health care and pension costs. 

The plan — the “Marshall Plan for Coal Country Act” — would also require coal power plants to be formally decommissioned once operators stop using them. And it would subsidize carbon capture technology for any coal power plant with at least eight years of operational life left, including building pipelines to transport captured carbon to “geologic repositories” such as those in Illinois. 

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