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Keep Us on the Path to a Clean and Affordable Energy Future for Minnesota!

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Issue

Some legislators want to repeal the state’s ban on nuclear reactors and distract us from investing in clean energy

Background

New nuclear energy is expensive. Utilities in Florida and Texas are attempting to build plants at a cost of over $18 billion. These costs are so high that utilities are charging ratepayers extra fees every month on their electrical bills to cover construction costs even though the plants have not been built yet.

Minnesota has plenty of clean renewable energy sources and we have yet to maximize all potential efficiency measures. We don’t need to lift the moratorium and lead the state down this dangerous and expensive energy path.

More nuclear energy is not a sensible or cost-effective solution to increasing our energy independence – in fact, it distracts us from increasing investments in homegrown and clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

Moving away from renewable energy towards nuclear power would undermine years of progress. Minnesota’s moratorium on the construction of new nuclear reactors was enacted for a good reason — we had no safe, long-term storage for our existing radioactive waste. That hasn’t changed.

“Temporary” waste storage casks are still on the banks of the Mississippi River. The federal nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain will not open to accept waste. The choice is clear.

Minnesota is a national leader in growing a clean energy economy. Manufacturing and installing wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable technologies have provided economic benefits throughout Minnesota.

But some legislators want to distract us from this path to a clean energy future, by repealing the state’s long-standing moratorium on the construction of new nuclear reactors.

Your state Senator is a member of the Senate Energy Committee and will be voting on a bill to repeal the moratorium on March 2. It is vital to the future of Minnesota’s renewable energy economy, our environment, and our wallets that the moratorium stays in place.

Please contact your Senator and ask them to vote “NO” on S.F. 355 (Sen. Koch's bill) in the Senate Energy Committee and maintain the moratorium on new nuclear reactors.

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Protect Minnesota ratepayers from expensive new nuclear energy costs


Dear Senator,

Minnesota has been a national leader in growing a clean energy economy. Manufacturing and installing wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable technologies have provided economic benefits throughout Minnesota.

Repealing the state’s long-standing moratorium on new nuclear reactors would distract us from continuing to grow that clean energy economy.

New nuclear reactors would also mean rate hikes for Minnesotans at a time when many can’t afford higher electricity bills. In other states where new nuclear reactors are planned, ratepayers have seen their monthly electrical bills increase when utilities pass along the costs of research, construction, and waste storage – even before those ratepayers actually start to receive the electricity from new reactors.

Please protect ratepayers and keep Minnesota on the path to a clean energy economy. Maintain the nuclear moratorium and vote NO on S.F. 355 in the Senate Energy Committee.

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