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May 27, 2014

Forum: Clean energy? Go nuclear

I am in favor of pursuing alternative energy sources, especially solar or wind generation for a dwelling. An individual has the right to do as he wishes. However, it is wrong to expect me, or future generations, to pay for alternative generation through grants, subsidies, and by increasing our national debt.

It is not practical to generate commercial electricity in the United States with solar or wind power, because an equal-sized conventional power source also must be built. That hidden cost is rarely figured into any equations. Imagine an island community that has decided to invest in alternative power. It must also build a reliable back-up source. A neighboring island might just invest in the reliable power, and that permits a community to use their saved “alternative monies” to increase their standard of living.

Look at your next electric bill and notice what you are paying for mandated fantasy laws. Then multiply that by all the millions of customers in the “island” of Michigan, and it is easy to see that it is decreasing our standard of living by millions of dollars each year. We would be much better off using that money for roads.

Yes, California is embracing renewable energy, but it also has deficit spending, a mammoth debt, high taxes, and businesses are moving out. Look around your home and try to find something that is made in the Low Countries of Europe. Similarly, businesses will locate where there are lower costs … moving out of Michigan is a present reality that is hurting our state by these mandates.

Our country should embrace a “Manhattan Project” effort to increase nuclear energy. It should include education, loans, infrastructure improvements, plant location, and fuel/waste handling. Every one of these are feasible today … nothing has to wait.

That would create thousands of permanent jobs and continue to improve and stimulate the economy. State-of-the-art nuclear plant designs have been approved and are ready to go. As soon as a plant is built, then decommission an equal-sized dirty fossil plant. (Perhaps that is something that can be done with some phone calls and a pen?)

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