Carbon capture will help local industries and create clean energy employment for our union

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The Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) Midwest Region is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated union laborers who are proud of their role in building critical infrastructure across the country. Thankfully, we have another opportunity to continue this proud legacy, right here in Illinois.

The Mt. Simon Hub is a proposed project that would capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources and safely transport the CO2 to permanent storage underground. The Hub will further strengthen Illinois’ manufacturing industry and enable the state’s agricultural sector to decarbonize the ethanol supply chain — reinforcing the demand for renewable fuels and supporting Illinois corn prices as a result.

In addition to the thousands of jobs this project will support, and its $1.7 billion impact on the Illinois economy, the Mt. Simon Hub presents an opportunity for Illinois to shine as a leader in industrial CO2 emission reduction.

LiUNA’s highly skilled, trained, and safety-minded members are eager to get to work building this critical infrastructure project. However, attempts to derail the project threaten the forthcoming investment in Illinois and Illinois workers.

We urge those tasked with deciding the future of this project to focus on the facts and current regulations, steering clear of speculation and conjecture. Our members hope to see informed and fair decisions made about the future of clean energy employment opportunities in our state, such as the Mt. Simon Hub.

 

– Randy Harris, Director, Midwest Region Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)