Vetting the biofuels project

There’s not expected to be a lot of political drama in today’s special session called by Gov. Haley Barbour to provide $50 million in economic development incentives, research and workforce training for a biofuel development project.

Barbour and the Mississippi Development Authority say the Texas-based company behind the project promises up to 1,000 jobs – 50 direct, the rest indirect – in a process that hopes to utilize the state’s biomass resources as a renewable, “green” sources of future energy.

Lawmakers are expected to approve the incentives. It’s difficult to find legislators in a state with 11.5 percent unemployment who won’t vote for a vetted project that promises 1,000 jobs, university research dollars and workforce training conducted by the state’s community college system.