I am all for alternative energy, but not when we have state legislators making moves to lift restrictions on nuclear energy in exchange for the mere possibility of it becoming economically in our favor. The proposals also relieve the power plants from having a predetermined location for the nuclear waste produced. This whole process could take up to 10 years. This, while our environment's health is rapidly facing catastrophe.

The cost is another issue. Natural gas is far cheaper right now, and it could ease the burden of coal. Solar power would be ideal in my world, but in Wisconsin, we have our own energy companies fighting for a fixed rate increase, as well as a penalty for customers who provide their own energy through alternative sources, such as solar and wind.

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Proponents also argue that they need these changes to keep up with new federal standards, yet still vow to fight those same standards that they speak of. Pick a path, please.

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While meltdowns and horrific scenarios are rare, they can wreak havoc on the world's ecosystem. Fukushima anyone? Are we really ready to support this type of gambling? With our precious environment, I am not.

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Ty Rueda

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