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Reader's View: Nuclear power a question only of when

After we have tried all the partial solutions with their contaminants, we will eventually be forced to turn to advanced nuclear power if we are to have a habitable planet.

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I appreciated the Nov. 9 “Local View” column in the News Tribune, “ Expand safe, emissions-free nuclear power .” As a professional investment manager, I have extensively researched advanced nuclear power in comparison to other energy alternatives. I thought the commentary was well written and found it to conform very closely to what I have discovered.

A further implication is to remove Minnesota’s moratorium on permitting the state Public Utilities Commission to even talk about permitting additional nuclear power. At the Senate Zoom hearing on the issue last spring, Republicans were knowledgeable and astute in their arguments for abandoning the moratorium, while the Democrats mouthed ideological opinions not having basis in fact. With Republicans portrayed as in climate denial and Democrats talking about climate issues, I was shocked to find each party arguing the opposite of what I would have expected.

One Democrat expressed concern about a waste problem with nuclear power. To that I reply, “Exactly, what is the problem?” We have far greater waste issues with radiation from coal ash, besides the volume of the ash, to say nothing of the waste fossil fuels put into the air.

After we have tried all the partial solutions with their contaminants, we will eventually be forced to turn to advanced nuclear power if we are to have a habitable planet. The question is when. To talk about progress and improvement such as we see in utility company reports is irrelevant. We need to define a full and necessary solution and then plan how to achieve it.

Personally, I’ve invested heavily in Terrestrial Energy and other companies developing small modular reactors or essentials for the supply chain. I may be wrong on which companies survive. But whatever I can do, I see it as more beneficial for my grandchildren than the money they would otherwise inherit.

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Lee Wenzel 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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