Post 21 in a series. When Green Turns Brown is an examination of a small town’s digester-energy project, in which Whitewater, Wisconsin would import other cities’ waste, claiming that the result would be both profitable and green.
Sometimes a proposal, with its attendant consultants, presentations, supportive politicians, taxpayer funding, and construction plans takes on an air of infallibility. How, after all, could a self-assured cadre, with PowerPoint presentations and glib answers, possibly make a mistake?
The consultants, presenters, supportive politicians, all of them taxpayer-funded, and the construction firm behind a Dane County digester were once unquestioningly confident of their own project. Yet, here they are now:
Report: Dane County manure digester a ‘huge fiasco.’
State-financed manure digester plagued by spills, explosion: Company not sure if it wants to stick with Dane County project.
Hubris is no substitute for critical evaluation.
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