MN GOP Pushes to Remove Nuclear Moratorium

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A bill to remove the moratorium on the expansion of nuclear power in Minnesota cleared the Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee today. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who authored the legislation, and Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, offered comments about the bill during committee debate.

“This legislation is moving Minnesota in the wrong direction,” said Anderson. “Developing new nuclear facilities will take away from our renewable energy and energy efficient industries. Renewable energy means jobs now. Nuclear power promises jobs 20 years from now; if ever. We need to keep our focus on renewable energy. Ratepayers can’t afford to pay exorbitant cost overruns that have led ratepayer revolts in other states trying to build nuclear plants.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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