News bites: The high cost of ‘clean’ coal, and more

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) looks at cost overruns at a Mississippi coal-fired power plant designed to trap carbon emissions.

“One of just three clean-coal plants moving ahead in the U.S., Kemper has been such a calamity for Southern [Company] that the power industry and Wall Street analysts say other utilities aren't likely to take on similar projects, even though the federal government plans to offer financial incentives,” the paper reports.

The Houston Chronicle
reports that three years after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, “protracted legal battles and potential liabilities still haunt the company and its investors.”

Bloomberg reports that rental car drivers are steering clear of electric vehicles.

The New York Times
reports that Persian Gulf states are having a tough time finding enough trained workers for energy projects.