Bill to throw out nuclear ban advances

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2011 - 9:05 PM

DFLers and environmental groups criticized lifting a ban on new plants. Dayton hasn't said whether he'd veto the bill.

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dstanleyJan. 11, 11 9:22 PM

"No other community in Minnesota should have to live in fear of nuclear power and nuclear waste the way our community does," Winfrey said. But it's okay to put a casino out there, right?

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rds1449Jan. 11, 11 9:29 PM

Marshall Cohen of the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington said plants are expensive to build but "inexpensive to operate." Oh yeah you didn't mention they are very very expensive to clean up after when they malfunction. We'll pass thank you.

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MellersJan. 11, 11 9:50 PM

rds1449: Right on. They're also very expensive to decommission. The TOTAL cost of any energy source, including waste and the need to decommission an energy facility should be included in the cost.

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sambisselJan. 11, 1110:02 PM

We should at least put nuclear power into the conversation. What do we do with the waste? Valid questions, but can we afford to pour the waste of coal fired plants into the air anymore? I too would like it if we had fully developed solar, wind or some advanced technology but it will be quite some time before we get there, so we should talk about stopgap measures or temporary use of extant technologies until we can make new power sources viable.

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drposterJan. 11, 1110:09 PM

@Mellers Don't forget to also do the ROE either. Cost to install, operate, maintain vs energy output.

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smeeagainJan. 11, 1110:12 PM

The cost of securing nuclear waste is INFINITE. The waste remains deadly for longer than all of recorded human history. Add that into the cost breakdown along with the environmental damage done by mining, processing and transporting the stuff.

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adliblogJan. 11, 1110:35 PM

Let's see, saddling future generations with trillions of dollars in national debt is bad. Leaving them a growing pile of nucleur waste is okay as an alternative to climate changing carbon emissions. But even better, since many of us believe "global warming" to be a hoax lets expand BOTH fossil fuel and nucleur energy production! To what end? Isn't conserving energy much like fiscal austerity measures to live within our means ?

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jjjjjeJan. 12, 11 1:48 AM

Here is your NEW power source...no need for nukes...This is a game changer... "One planet, One engine" http://www.cyclonepower.com/ Production on the way!

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jim4848Jan. 12, 11 5:09 AM

Funny conservatives want to go to war because Iran is building a nuclear power plant. Yet here at home conservatives scream for multinational corporation some majority own in the middle east to build nuclear plants. Precious

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rarmstrongJan. 12, 11 6:36 AM

If we go to nuclear power, we can tell the Saudi Princes to keep their stinking oil.

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