This place is going nuclear

Strib reports A push to scrap Minn. law barring new nuclear power plants gains influential supporters

Two congressmen — Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen — joined leaders of labor unions and the state Chamber of Commerce in seeking the repeal of Minnesota’s nuclear moratorium.

Their public backing could put pressure on legislators from their areas considered swing votes in the debate. In April, a bid to lift the ban fell eight votes short in the House after convincingly winning approval in the Senate

Walz, who represents much of southern Minnesota, said he doesn’t discount concerns over long-term waste storage. But he said there are environmental consequences to keeping the nuclear ban in place, too.

“Without a baseload of other alternatives here in Minnesota, quite honestly we’ve encouraged people and forced them into the coal business,” he said. “We want to give them other options.”

I have no questions that ending this law and building nuclear is the right thing to do. I believe that newer nuclear technology is safer and more efficient than the plants of the past. (See Also: Wind vs. Nuclear Power: Which Is Safer?
) And it’s my understanding that we are now able to get more power due to recycling nuclear waste.

Still, that’s just like, my opinion man.

What do you think?


3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on November 24th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    Why do you hate America, David? (g)

    It’s true that nukes don’t emit ozone, particulate pollution (the type that caused today’s air alert) or greenhouse gases. That said, I doubt if much will come of this this session.

    Truth is, we are going have to find some answers, and soon.

  2. Nick (unregistered) on November 24th, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    Too bad we’re running dangerously low on uranium. We will hit peak uranium before we hit peak oil.

  3. david_mn (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

    Yes Nuclear Power was one of the campaign talking points of Rudy Giuliani. I have not yet heard any substantial proof that there is another alternative except coal coming in the near future. One thing we need to consider is the lack of agreement on where to store the waist. And apparently the battle over that rages for decades now. You can google it to find out some peculiar info related to the debates going on in the various levels of government regarding nuclear storage and the amount of money already spent on projects that never came to life.

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