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LETTER TO THE EDITOR (from Ton Kruzen)
November 25, 2012
Last week, it was reported that Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill were “disappointed” that an Ameren UE /DOE plan to build nifty modular nuclear power plants was killed.
How disappointing that their energy thinking was firmly trapped in old and proven dangerous technology. Nuclear Modules sound great but not when they can be shipped anywhere around the state and bringing with them the added dangers of how to transport and store that nuclear waste. Some of our roads are very antiquated and curvy and generate accidents. We can no longer as a people afford to sacrifice land, water, air and ecosystems to the great God Nuke.
Support for a different type of modular energy production would be, should and could be welcome. Solar photovoltaic modules can be placed anywhere in Missouri, on rooves, backyards, walls, parking -lots or even on the medians of our divided highways! They can be placed there safely, while employing thousands of citizens to construct, install and maintain them. The added bonus is that there is no waste storage and transportation problem. We have the technology now to overcome the limitations of sunless days and night time storage.
Missouri could and should lead the way. We can make solar modules here. We can reduce our electrical waste by increasing our efficient use of electricity. We can make energy efficient light bulbs and appliances right here, again employing thousands of citizens. We can usher our state and our country into the 21st Century regarding energy production.
Missouri prides itself on its Conservation Department. We could and should equally pride ourselves on energy conservation, promoting energy efficiency and rampant innovation. Senator McCaskill and Governor Nixon must not remain stuck in a dangerous dinosaur technology that brought us the nuclear disasters like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima- a technology that no insurance company will insure. We should be looking forward like the Democrats recently reminded us.
Mountain View, Missouri